So, this dinner was supposed to be entirely different. Well, it was supposed to be a Cowboy Lasagna like at Peppermint Mocha Mama.blogspot.com. The problem was I started reading the reviews. Many said it needed more flavor, the tater tots were mushy not crispy, it used canned tomato soup which I don’t use. So, what was I to do? Try and fix it to what my family will like.
This was a good casserole. Everyone liked it, it was flavorful and they took it for lunch the next day. But, it definitely did not have the lasagna feel I was hoping for. I think next time to change it to all mozzarella cheese and use homemade tomato sauce. So, I am calling this a casserole not a lasagna.
But the jury is still out on the potatoes. They definitely added to the dish but I think they may need to go on top next time. To combat the mushiness that others reported in the original recipe I tried cooking the tater tots first. They were crispy when I put them in the casserole but you add stuff over it they get a bit soft.
I served this with a side salad and green beans.
Cowboy Casserole (plated)
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 diced onion
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- salt and pepper
- 1 (15 oz.) can of corn, drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can of petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce, more or less to taste!
- 1 (32 oz.) package of Tater Tots
- 3 cups of shredded cheese – I used a blend of mozzarella, Colby jack and sharp cheddar
- Brown Tater Tots according to directions on package.
- While Tater Tots are cooking brown ground beef and onions. When beef is done drain any fat from the bottom of your pan.
- Add garlic, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire to meat mixture and heat through stirring often. Taste for balance of flavor and add more spices as needed.
- Once Tater Tots are done lower the heat of the oven to 350 degrees. Layer the Tater Tots in a 13 x 9 casserole dish.
- Cover the Tater Tots with 1/2 of the shredded cheese. Pour the meat mixture over the cheese. Spread the corn over the meat mixture.
- Cover the top of the entire dish with the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until heated through.
- Allow to sit 3-5 minutes before serving.