Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What Do Tater Tots, Broccoli & Ground Beef Have In Common?

Casseroles are so comforting.  This casserole is no different.  We had some leftover broccoli in the fridge; it desperately needed used before it grew weird growths.  I thought I will make some Tater Tot Casserole...well with a twist.  BAP and SSP LOVE broccoli so what a better way to serve it other than just how it was a couple nights previous.

Tater Tot Casserole
slightly adapted from:

1/3 (32oz) bag frozen tater tots, slightly thawed (reserve some for top)
1/2 pound ground beef, browned
1 small onion, diced (browned with meat)
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t chili powder
2 cups leftover steamed broccoli, finely chopped (seasoned with lemon pepper and olive oil)

1 1/2 cups milk
2 T butter
2 T flour

3/4 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided

 Melt butter in sauce pan.  Stir in flour.  Quickly add milk.  Boil and thicken.
In another bowl add meat, tater tots, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder.  Stir in cream mixture.  Stir in broccoli and 1/2 cup of the cheese.  Place in a well-greased 8inch square baking dish.  Top with reserved tots.
Bake at 375 for about 30minutes.  Top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 15minutes just until bubbly.

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