Casseroles can be a real game changer when you’re trying to better your dinner game in the midst of a hectic schedule.
Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is everything you need for a cozy winter dinner. Even better, the recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a crowd!
This is exactly the sort of recipe you need for these last weeks of winter that are hanging on. So comforting and cozy, and worth every single, solitary bite. It’s especially perfect for getting that delectable cheeseburger flavor when it’s too cold outside to fire up the grill.
1 pound lean ground beef
1/3 cup diced yellow or sweet onion
2/3 cup HEINZ ketchup
2 tablespoons HEINZ prepared yellow mustard
2 tablespoons HEINZ dill pickle relish
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups KRAFT Triple Cheddar Natural Shredded Cheese, divided use
32 ounce bag ORE-IDA® TATER TOTS® Potatoes
1.Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a casserole dish, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2.In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and onion stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
3.Stir in ketchup, mustard and relish. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture into prepared casserole dish and smooth into an even layer.
4.In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter completely. Slowly whisk in the flour until smooth. Continue to whisk while cooking the roux until it is golden brown.
5.Slowly whisk in the milk, taking care to fully incorporate it with the roux. Keep whisking until the sauce is thick and bubbling; about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.
6.Remove the pan from heat and whisk in 1 1/2 cups of cheese until it is completely melted and the sauce is smooth.
7.Evenly pour the sauce over the meat mixture.
8.Arrange the frozen ORE-IDA® TATER TOTS® potatoes in an even layer over the cheese sauce. You will extra tots.
9.Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese onto the tots. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
10.If desired, sprinkle with fresh Italian parsley just before serving.
Cheese sauce adapted from Stetted’s Texas Tater Tot Casserole.