Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole
Time goes by fast. Whether I am having fun or not, it goes by fast. I cannot believe my husband and I have been married for almost 4 years, that I turn 27 in a couple weeks, and that our kiddos are 19 months old. How did this happen? Where has the time gone? It seems like the weeks fly by so quickly and before I know it the month is gone and then the year. Can we just pause time for a minute? I want to stare at my children before I blink and they are grown. I want to really enjoy this season of life that I am in before it escapes me. It can be so easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life. Now, I can’t do anything to slow time down (and if anyone out there can, please let me know) but I can prep make ahead dishes that get me out of the kitchen quickly and back into soaking up every moment with my family. Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole is such an easy dish to prepare and there aren’t even words in the English language to describe how delicious it is.
There are a few reasons that I have fallen head over heels in love with Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole. First, you can make it ahead of time. Assemble it the night before then cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake. This is a great dish for a Sunday morning when I like to do minimal work before running out the door for church. Second, the kids love it, and I mean LOVE IT (as do I, and my husband, and anyone else who takes a bite). This dish is a crowd pleaser. I have made it for other families and it’s always a big hit. Third, it contains lots and lots of cheese, sausage, and tater tots. All the important food groups (wink wink).
To start you brown one pound of breakfast sausage in a large skillet, breaking it up as it cooks. That is the first layer to your casserole. Don’t mind my worn out looking casserole dish. She is trusty and I love her.
Next comes the cheese, two cups of cheese to be exact, it gets sprinkled on top of the cooked sausage.
In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, pepper, onion powder, and salt. Pour this int0 the dish over the sausage and cheese. It’s coming together now!
Now take those wonderful frozen tater tots (these really take me back to my elementary school days) and arrange them on top. If you are making this ahead, this is where you would cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake. Now it goes into a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Take it out and add an additional 1/2 cup of cheese on top and 4 slices of crumbled bacon. Bake for another 10 minutes or until its all bubbly and golden brown. Let it rest for 10 minutes and you are ready to serve!
Wasn’t that easy? You can make it for breakfast, dinner, lunch, or brunch and having leftovers for a couple days afterwards is the best! I hope you give this recipe a try and that your family loves it as much as we do.
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1lb ground breakfast sausage
- 2 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 2lbs frozen tater tots
- fresh parsley for garnish, optional
- In a large skillet on medium heat, brown the breakfast sausage breaking it up as it cooks. Once cooked and using a slotted spoon (to drain the grease off) transfer the sausage into a lightly greased 9X13in baking dish. Sprinkle 2 cups of the cheddar cheese over the sausage.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Pour evenly over the sausage and cheese in the baking dish. Arrange the frozen tater tots on top.
- If making ahead of time this is where you cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake.
- Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and bacon crumbles on top. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Leave at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving and garnish with chopped fresh parsley.
Source: Chew Out Loud