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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Meat and Potatoes Casserole

Tonight was one of those nights where I tried to whip together some fast dinner that was yummy, filling, and used items already in my freezer or pantry.  Since I live with three manly men, any meal involving "meat and taters", as we sometimes say in the south, is what they crave.  This my "main dish" take on a favorite tator tot casserole:

 Meat and Potatoes Casserole

1 pound ground beef or turkey, browned
1 bag tator tots, frozen
1 can cream mushroom soup
1 can cream chicken soup
1 can Progresso Recipe Starters garlic sauce
1 bag (2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with oil.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown the ground beef or turkey with the onion and pepper.
In a large bowl, mix together all the remaining ingredients with the browned meat/onion/pepper mixture. Spread the mixture into the casserole pan. Top with a dash or two of salt and pepper.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until tator tots are cooked through. Serves a crowd (or a hungry group of men).

What is YOUR favorite fast, easy, crowd-pleasing weeknight meal? Be sure to comment below. ;)