You know this dish. But did you know how entirely simple it is to toss together?
The first recipe most newlyweds learn to make while living on student loans at a university in Utah is tater tot casserole. I don’t know why this tradition started. I don’t even know how the recipe got passed on. But, for whatever reason, marriage meant learning how to cook a casserole. And that casserole is this casserole.
I’ve got a soft spot for this zany recipe. A really lazy version of shepherd's pie, the traditional version mixes meat with beans, coats them in a cream sauce, and tops them with cheese-covered tater tots. Sounds like shepherd's pie without the mashed potatoes, doesn’t it?
Newlyweds, penny pinchers, and tater tot lovers everywhere can now rejoice. We’ve gone and taken the classic casserole, tossed it into a slow cooker, and made it easier than ever!
5 basic ingredients. Meatballs. Green beans. Sauce. Tater tots. Cheese.
Toss the meatballs, green beans, and sauce in a slow cooker.
Top with taters.
Four hours later, top with cheese.
One hour after that, you’ve got a dinner of your dreams ready to serve.
And if it’s not the dinner of your dreams... at least it’s dinner!
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!