I grew up eating this Minnesotan casserole regularly and make it often now as an adult.
I don't think I talk about it too often on the blog, but I was born and mostly raised in Minnesota. I spent just short of 12 years there and loved every minute of it. Even though I don't plan on moving back to the small town I grew up in (population around 300), I do love to make foods that remind me of home. Tatortot Hotdish is a staple of a Minnesotan childhood. The word hotdish I think throws people off, but it is a casserole. This is something that I make often because it takes few ingredients and it's failproof. I've never messed up this hotdish. Ever. It very well may be the first thing I learned how to cook on my own. I always eat mine with ketchup. It's how my mom ate hers and I followed suit. Nick likes to top his with buffalo sauce. Honestly, top it with what you want - or don't top it with anything. I won't judge!
What you need:
- 1 lb. ground beef, seasoned with salt and pepper (you can do chopped onion and garlic too)
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can green beans, cut or french style
- 1 bag frozen tatortots
- Optional - Shredded cheese
- Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Drain.
- Mix the green beans, soup, ground beef and half of the frozen potatoes in a large pot or a casserole dish.
- Top with other half of potatoes. Bake at 350 for one hour.
- Add cheese the last 5 minutes of cooking to melt.