Thursday, June 16, 2005

On the menu tonight...

Tater Tot Casserole.

I'm a Midwesterner, despite having been born in the so-called Garden State. I grew up in Illinois, the land of the casserole, the hot dish, the Jell-o salad, the taco pizza, and a lot of of other things people on either coast might find unsavory or unhealthy. So, sue me.

The basic Tater Tot Casserole recipe is a four-ingredient masterpiece that can be accomplished by a grade schooler: spread a pound of ground beef in the bottom of a 9x13 dish and cover it with tater tots and a mixture of cream of mushroom (or chicken) soup and milk. Depending on whether or not you've already browned the meat, you cook it for 30-60 minutes on 350F. Then, you serve it with nice healthy veggies and a piece of fruit for dessert. (So you can pretend you're being virtuous.) Yum.

Tater Tot Casserole. Maybe not so good for you, but damn tasty in a very Midwestern way!

I'm making my own version tonight - I'll cook up some onions and garlic, and brown the 93% lean beef in that. Then, I'll do the tots and soup thang, but with a little grated garlic/veggie cheese (from the Amish market) on top. Hopefully it will be tasty. (And will provide dinner for a couple more nights to come.)

I'm not a classy cook, but I can make a decent casserole. Next up, tuna bake with cheese swirls. God, that's good, too. I must be a little homesick - next I'll be making my mom's tamale pie and Norwegian potato soup...


Anonymous said...

Tator Tot Bake!! You are making my mouth water! I now live in the health crazed SF Bay Area but I'm also a midwest gal (Joliet, Il)and you just can't take the cooking out of us, can you? Last night I had a real craving for my mom's bean soup. So I grab a bag of Great Northern bean and commenced cooking. Well it was almost my mom's bean soup - no ham bone available so I bought some smoked turkey legs. Yum, Yum, Double Yum!
P.S. I've been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I really adore the way you write. I keep interupting my partner's tv viewing with "Listen to this" as I read something you wrote. I predict that any day now he will ask me to send him your url!

Merujo said...

Oh man! Great Northern Bean soup with ham!!! YUM! Best eaten with a big, crusty piece of buttered Italian bread. A woman after my own heart!

Glad you're enjoying the blog. It really is nice to know I'm not just talking to myself! You're always welcome here. :-)