So for starters this is not a difficult recipe it will just seem like it is due to the several steps. Please don't be scared. Just dive in!
3-4 large Idaho potatoes, peeled or 4-5 small red potatoes, washed but unpeeled
2 Tbls 2% milk
2 Tbls butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Meat and Veggies
1/2 lb lean ground beef (or turkey, sausage, chicken, your choice)
1 can green peas
1 can corn
1 Tbls flour
2 Tbls 2% milk
1/4 Cheddar Cheese, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
the usual spices (check Picky Eaters Approved to see)
Garlic, Onion, Italian
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
A large boiling pot (for the potatoes) - 5qt at least
A large skillet (10 inch) or a 2 qt pot (for the veggies)
A Pie Plate
Side Note: Those who know me know I love love love all things Pampered Chef and all things old school. I would recommend spending a little more on some quality cooking and baking pieces that will last for years over saving money in the short run. It's my one true splurge area so most of the pictures you will see will feature Pampered Chef or Cast Iron. If you want to save money but still be able to buy from certain companies than message me and I will let you in on the secrets and sites that I love and used for all my stuff!
Now to the recipe!
|Potatoes just boiling away!|
|still cooking down...|
|Final stage...nice and thick.|
Take your potatoes, which should be done by now and drain them. Put them back into your pot and place back on your burner. Turn your burner off. Add the butter, salt, and pepper to it and mash with a hand mixer. Once blended add 1 Tbls of milk at a time and mix. Once they are mashed to how you like them set them aside.
**Please note that you should always taste your food during prep as long as there is no raw meat or eggs. Everyone has different tastes so please adjust accordingly.**
|Favorite ever! Cranberry Stoneware from PC|
Take your pie plate and butter it. I use Pam Butter Spray but use
whatever you like.
Take your potatoes and spread them on the bottom of the pie plate.
Spread a layer of cheese on that and then it is time for the Tater Tots! I always line the rim of the plate with frozen tots kinda like a wall to help keep the juices in. After that place them however you want but line them all over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until your tots are nice and crispy.
|Tater tots done and baked!|
I know that by now easy is a bit of an expectation but sometimes I like to spend a little more time in the kitchen and make something truly comforting. Just remember that at the end of the day our missions as moms and wives are still the same. It is to provide an environment that our family wants to be in. It is about the smells and sights and sounds of family and happiness and sheer comfort. And sometimes a few extra minutes in the kitchen when we can helps bolster those tough days, rainy evenings, and sad little faces. Just don't forget the hugs to go with it ;)
|Christmas 2012, Beau Rivage Casino Lobby|
Jules & Monkey