Gene & I made this one as a side dish for the football team’s weekly dinner. When you’re making food for a group of teenage boys, you want something to fill them up, tastes great, and with not too many ingredients for picky eaters. You can bet cheese is among the top of their favorite ingredients, so this recipe certainly fits the bill!
We used the basic recipe found here substituting tater tots for hash browns, and seasoning it up a little. Our son told us everyone really enjoyed this, and it was a big hit! That’s what we were hoping for, so mission accomplished!
1 – 5 lb bag of frozen tater tots
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
2 cans of milk (use the soup cans)
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 – 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
pepper to taste
Worcestershire sauce – a few “shakes”
4 cups cheese, shredded
Mix the soup, milk, sour cream, onion, & seasonings in a very large bowl. Stir in half the cheese, and the tater tots. Mix to combine, then pour into a very large baking pan which has been sprayed with non-stick spray, and top with the remaining cheese. We used a disposable foil roasting pan (like a turkey pan, but rectangular) which was the perfect size.
Cover with aluminum foil, and bake in a 375 F oven for about an hour. You can remove the foil for the last 10 minutes or so to brown the cheese.
Bump this up to a main dish by adding diced ham!
For these pot luck type of functions, we like to stock up with disposable foil pans of various sizes, along with serving spoons, all from the dollar store. That way no one has to worry about clean up, or returning our serving items back to us.