Tuesday, April 3, 2012

{YUM!} Cowboy Casserole

I recently made this, and I have to say that it was SOOO tasty! Probably one of the best casseroles I've made yet. You can find the recipe here from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary, and I followed the recipe almost exactly. However, I used ground turkey instead of beef, and I used regular tater tots. Here's a TIP: When using regular tater tots hit the dish with the broiler for a couple minutes on high. It made the top tots super crunchy. So, does anyone else think of Napoleon Dynamite when talking about tots? "...give me some of your tots!" Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend this dish. It was delish!Here's the recipe from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary.

Cowboy Casseroleadapted from a recipe at Taste of Home1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I used turkey)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (15.25oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons sour cream
1 bag (30 oz) frozen tater tots

Before I got ready to make this casserole, I let the tots sit on the counter to defrost for an hour or so. The original recipe used still frozen tater tots, but I felt they wouldn't cook as well if they were still frozen solid.

In a large skillet cook the onion until tender and translucent. Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the beef and cook over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the mixture and place into a large bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl combine the soup, milk and sour cream. Whisk until smooth. Add to hamburger mixture and stir to combine. Add corn and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Gently mix to combine.

Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer half of the Crispy Crowns on the bottom, pour the hamburger mixture over the top and then layer with the other half of the Crispy Crowns. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crunchy.

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