Monday 31 October 2011

Reader Recipe: Tater Tot Casserole

I’m always happy to hear from fellow cakers (it’s therapeutic), so when Bob from Baltimore emailed to share his recipe for Tater Tot Casserole, I grabbed my can opener and gave it a try.

I’m thrilled to report that Bob’s Tater Tot Casserole is not only delicious, but it also has green beans. And that makes this caker recipe unique in two ways: 1) the vegetable isn't broccoli and 2) it probably has vitamins.

Have you got a caker recipe you want to share with the world the people who read this blog? Email cakercooking at gmail dot com. I'd love to hear from you.

Here’s Bob’s recipe in his own words:

Brown 1 pound of ground beef with a big chopped onion.  Drain.
Mix with 1 can Cream of Celery soup and 1 can Cream of Chicken soup.
Add 1 cup cut green beans, salt (go easy) and pepper to taste, and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.  (Yes, 1/8 teaspoon. Heaven forbid this should have any flavor.)
Pour into a greased flat baking dish and cover with Tater Tots (the original recipe called for 4 cups of them, but I’ve never measured Tater Tots in my life and have no intention of starting now.  Cover the whole dish with ‘em.)
Bake at 375F for 40-50 minutes, or until the Tots are crispy.
I usually up the amount of green beans considerably, and sometimes throw some grated cheese on top.  Because we like cheese.

Source: Caker Bob. Check out Bob's blog, The Fondue.


  1. Woo hoo! I'm famous on the internets! Hope you liked the casserole. It's totally trashy, yet somehow so *right*. Can't wait to receive my cookbook and oddly, I've made Corndog Casserole, but it was totally something I made up on the spur of the moment. It'll be interesting to see how the "official" recipe compares.
    By the way, will you marry me?

  2. One day, Bob, I'll be able to say "I knew him when." This Tator Tot Casserole is only the start.
    I'm happy to marry you, but I'm concerned about the offspring our caker DNA would create. Those kids would have more preservatives in them than a can of spray cheese.

  3. I just have to ask - what kind of exercise program are you on? To try all these recipes on a weekly basis must be stretching the limits of your waistbands! (but they all sound oh so delicious!)

  4. I'll tell you, fcrmom, it's not easy keeping trim. These caker recipes are a KILLER when it comes to calories. But I have three tricks up my sleeve.
    1) Bring the food into work and get rid of it that way.
    2) Eat small portions stretched out for as long as possible. (I think the Tater Tot casserole lasted me four nights or so.)
    3) Spanx for men.

  5. I was waiting for this one. Bob knows where it's at!
    Mr. Caker, have you yet delved into the catalog of Ms. Paula Deen? Her corn casserole is da BOMB.

  6. Oh man. I looooove tater tot casserole.

  7. Yinzerella, I checked out Paula's corn casserole and it looks like good eatin' to me, y'all. Have you ever seen the clip of her "makin' love to her tater?" It's worth a YouTube viewing some time.

  8. And I thought the Duggars created this :-)

    I wish I still had the link to the photo, but someone made this for their kids at thanksgiving last year and presented it with "Happy Thanksgiving" scrawled in cheese whiz and decorated it with maple leaves cut out of spam. Classic.

    1. Spam maple leaves? That's taking this dish to new heights of sophistication!