Tater Tot Hotdish
Why This Recipe Works
Hotdish (one word) is to Minnesotans what a casserole is to the rest of the country. But Minnesotans do casseroles differently—they top theirs with tater tots. To create an authentic but improved version, we cooked ground beef, mushrooms, and onion together in a Dutch oven to extract water and create flavorful browning. We skipped the typical cream of mushroom soup (to bind everything together) and made our own sauce by sprinkling flour over the meat and vegetables, adding chicken broth and milk, and simmering the mixture until it was thickened. We found that it was important to bake our casserole in a shallow 13 by 9-inch baking dish to keep the tots from sinking into the filling. This placement also allowed them to brown nicely.