Monday, March 1, 2010

Too Easy Hotdish

This recipe is from the latest in a long line of Joanne Fluke yummy mystery books, Apple Turnover Murder. I have read them all and tried many of the recipes. This one I love! We are eating it with a green salad.
Too Easy Hotdish

Preheat oven 400 degrees

1 and ½ lbs lean ground meat (hamburger, pork, chicken,turkey, lean sausage or venison- any ground meat will do)
2 cans (12 ounces) condensed cream of almost anything soup (I usually use cream of celery or mushroom or chicken or any of those combinations)
1 pound packaged frozen potato nuggets ( I used Tater Tots)
1 cup shredded cheese (I use cheddar, but other cheeses are good too)

Hannah’s 1st Note: You can put a thin layer of chopped onions or a thin layer of vegetables cut in small pieces. Just don’t add too many things or the potatoes and cheese on top will burn before the inside gets done.

Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan with Pam or another nonstick cooking spray.

Put the ground meat in the bottom of the pan, spreading it out as evenly as you can. Press it down with your impeccably clean hands or use the back of a metal spatula. ( The fat doesn’t drain out of this hot dish and that’s why you woulduse lean ground meat.)

Spoon the 2 cans of cream-of -? Soup on top of the meat. Using a rubber spatula, spread the condensed soup of the meat as evenly as possible.

Put the frozen potato nuggets on top of the soup in a single layer. Spread them out as evenly as you can.

Sprinkle on the shredded cheese on the top of the potatoes.

Hannah’s 2nd Note: Mary’s recipe is so easy it’s almost impossible to get it wrong unless you use too much cheese. It is a case of twice as much cheese is not twice as good. Too much melted cheese may act as an insulator.

DO NOT COVER your hot dish with anything. Just slip the pan in the oven at 400 degrees F. and bake it for 35 to 40 min or until the potatoes on top are browned and crispy

Carin's Note: I used one pound of ground turkey and 1/2 pound ground beef seasoned with garlic & onion powders and splash of Worcestershire sauce. My soups were cream of mushroom with garlic and cream of chicken. I used the flat round taters from the Schwan's man.

Next recipe from this book is going to be Breakfast in a Muffin.

1 comment:

SJerZGirl said...

I'd love to read the first part of your post, but your family pic covers it up. Any chance you get fix that? I'm glad you had this recipe. I was hoping to find a photo of it somewhere. Love the Hannah Swensen books!