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Menu: Tater tot casserole

BY DI ARTS STAFF | MARCH 26, 2009 7:40 AM

Missing the delicious taste of a meal Mom used to make? Here is a recipe for Tater Tot casserole, a tasty — and relatively easy — dish that college students can whip up in fewer than 30 minutes and kick the homesick blues out the door. Dessert rings of adolescence as well. Nothing says “Mom” like tasty apple pie, but because you’re off getting educated, she’s not here to make it. Try this candy apple treat instead.



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TATER TOT CASSEROLE

What you’ll need:
2 pounds of Tater Tots
1 pound ground beef
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of French-style green beans
1/2 cup of milk

What to do:
Begin by browning the meat over medium-high heat on the stove. When browned, drain the fat. Put drained beef back into the same frying pan, and add the cream of mushroom soup, French-style green beans, and milk. Mix all ingredients evenly in the frying pan and let simmer on medium heat for eight to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. After simmering, take the mixture and pour it into a casserole dish (preferably a 9 x 13 inches). Spread the mixture evenly throughout the dish, and then place Tater Tots on top of it in rows, covering the mixture’s entire surface. Place the casserole into the oven at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the Tater Tots look done. The casserole is served best when cut out of the dish with a spatula in squares.

CANDY APPLE DESSERT

What you’ll need:
3 apples
4 (2 oz.) Snickers candy bars
2 (8 oz.) cans crushed pineapple
8 oz. whipped topping

Chop the apples and Snickers bars into small chunks. Then drain the crushed pineapple thoroughly. Grab a medium-size mixing bowl, and toss in the drained pineapple and whipped topping. Next, fold in the apples and Snickers pieces. Cover, and chill the mixture until ready to serve.

— by Dan Watson


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