What’s for dinner? How about Hot Dish?

I don’t usually post recipes, but I made a particularly good hot dish last night, and I don’t want to forget the recipe, since it’s a mix of recipes I’ve been trying for a while. It’s nothing fancy, it’s just plain old good food like Grandma used to make.

1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion
1 small can of mushrooms, drained
1 small can of corn, drained
a little butter and olive oil
crispy crown frozen tater tots
cream of mushroom soup
half a soup can of milk

Slice up the onions and saute them in a little butter and olive oil until they are soft and browned. Add the mushrooms, and cook until they start to brown, then the corn, and cook until the corn is browned. Move them into a bowl.

Brown the ground beef, adding a little chipotle tabasco sauce as it cooks. Drain off fat if necessary. Add onion mixture back to pan and heat through.

In a separate bowl mix soup and milk.

In a 9×12 glass baking dish put down a layer of tater tots on the bottom. Put ground beef mixture over it, smoothing it out. Now pour on the soup, spread it out a bit to get it even, then give the pan a few little shakes and jiggles to make it sink down into the meat. Put another layer of tater tots on top.

Cook for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Take it out and let it set for 5 minutes on the counter.

This is delicious! Browning the ingredients first adds a lot of flavor, as does the little hit of chipotle. Yum! You end up with a nice strata of browned potatoes on top, meat, onion, mushrooms and corn, and broken up potatoes on the bottom, all connected by the soupy goodness. So Good! It also reheats well for lunch the next day.

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