04 February 2010

Beef and Tater Bake

Yet another recipe brought to you by Taste of Home's Simple and Delicious. This purported to be a frugal $0.90 per serving, but, again, I had some of the stuff on hand already, so I can't add it up to tell you if that was true in my case. Seems reasonable, though

4 c. frozen Tater Tots
1 lb. ground beef
1 16-oz package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 can (10-3/4 oz) condensed cream of broccoli soup, undiluted
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 can (2.8 oz) french-fried onions, divided
4 oz. shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided
1/3 cup 2% milk
1/4 t garlic powder
1/8 t pepper

1. Place Tater Tots in an ungreased 13X9 baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400ยบ for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the broccoli, soup, tomato, 3/4 cup french-fried onions, 1/2 cup cheese, milk, garlic powder and pepper; heat through. Pour over Tater Tots.

3. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining onions and cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Yield: 12 servings.

Variations: I didn't use the tomato because I didn't feel like paying January prices for a tomato. I thought about buying a canned chopped tomato, but, frankly, I forgot to put it on the list. I forgot to put in the milk - oops. I put in more broccoli than it called for. I was going to put in fresh mushrooms, but my mushrooms didn't smell quite right; sad. The recipe also suggests using a bag of Italian-blend veggies or frozen stir-fry veggie blend instead of broccoli.

My mom said when I was kid she used to make something like this but used cream of mushroom soup instead of cream of broccoli soup.

1 comment:

  1. I make hamburger gravy on the stove top, and put it on potatoes. Always served with green beans. Not sure why this became a traditional family meal with my folks, but Oscar and I both love it! Oscar can't have dairy, so we do the gravy from scratch and just use water if the beef browned well or broth if it didn't get brown enough for me.
    I often add stuff like mushrooms or peppers. and always always onion and garlic