I was recently reading The Takeout and came across a casserole slideshow. I was saddened to remember that this slideshow had appeared not once but twice previously. They, like all the other Get/Out Media sites, have been following the One Mossy Hill’s diktat that every page should be junked up with as many ads as possible, both pushed and embedded so that they almost seem like content, and when in doubt create a slideshow. Still I persist.
When I came across this slide I was reminded that I had actually made this recipe. It must have originally appeared during that two- or three-week period when Klobuchar was running in the Democratic Presidential primary, then assembled into a slideshow, then to live on when they rerun the slideshow every few months. Anything to generate the most clicks with the least amount of original content. This was actually pretty tasty and worth doing for the novelty alone, at least it was novel to me, and it makes a lot for very little money.
1-1½ lbs. ground beef
1 (10½-oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10½-oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 small onion, chopped
A couple of cloves of garlic, minced
8 to 12 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 (32-oz.) bag tater tots
Brown the ground beef, then drain off the fat. Sauté the onion and garlic. In a large bowl, mix together beef, onion, garlic, both cans of soup, salt, and pepper.
Spread evenly into the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with about half the shredded cheese, then place the tater tots in one layer over the entire pan.
Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until tater tots are crisp. Cover with remaining cheese and bake until cheese melts.
I didn’t go full Klobuchar and eat this with a comb. We also didn’t manage to polish the whole thing off at one go, but like with any good hot dish (I’m guessing) it makes for good leftovers. With the final two portions I fried them up, plopped a poached egg on each, and we ate them as a very filling brunch. I think that was actually the best use for it, quite frankly.
Even I’m surprised I still have a functioning aortic valve at this point.