Tuesday, February 19, 2013

(Un)Tradtional Happenings!

Last night we celebrated my husband's birthday (he's 30 now...shhh  don't tell).  Even though he was supposed to pick out a meal he asked me to pick out a dinner...what?! (so un-traditional!)  I was dumbfounded that he wanted me to pick out his meal for his special meal.  I asked him if he would rather have meatloaf or tater tot casserole.  I had barely finished saying tater tot casserole; he immediately jumped out that band-wagon.  Both BAP and SSP enjoyed it.  SSP finished his completely where BAP did not (he ate it mostly).  BAP had his sneaky eye on the upcoming dessert (cheesecake).

New & Improved Tater Tot Casserole
adapted from:

Tater Tots (about 1/2 of 32oz bag)
1 bag (24oz) frozen broccoli, carrots, cauliflower with cheese sauce
1 cup milk
1 T butter
1 T flour
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1 pound ground beef
1 t garlic powder
1 medium onion, diced

Cook veggies according to package directions. In a saucepan brown ground beef with onion and garlic powder (drain if necessary).  Remove to a large bowl.  Add veggies. In the same saucepan melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in flour (until smooth and paste-y).  Slowly pour in milk.  Whisk together; bring to a boil to thicken.  Mix sauce with meat and veggies.  Pour mixture into a greased 9x13pan.  Top with tater tots (just to cover).  Place in a 375 oven for about 45 minutes.  During the last 15 minutes sprinkle with grated cheese.

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