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There are some foods in this world that fit in the very special category of comfort foods. Tater Tot casserole is one of these foods for me. This is a recipe that my mom taught me when I was very little. It’s warm and comforting and I always loved the process of lining up all the tater tots to make a big grid on the top of the casserole. I also loved snitching one of the tater tots from the edge to test and see if they were done, a habit I’m still amused by.

So here you go, a glimpse into my childhood. Yum!

tater tot casserole

Tater Tot Casserole

1 pound ground beef, thawed

1 bottle green beans (home canned is best, but two cans of canned beans will do)

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup milk

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

salt and pepper to taste

1 medium bag frozen tater tots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Press ground beef into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove grease. In a medium bowl combine soup, sour cream, milk, Ultra Gel, green beans, salt and pepper to taste. Pour over baked beef. Arrange tater tots on top of the casserole and bake for 30-35 minutes until warmed through.

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