Teese Chal­lenge #1:

In the Mid­west there are casse­role dishes, but there are not casseroles. There is hot­dish. The essen­tial kind of hot­dish: tater tot.

Now, I’ll be hon­est with you– my mother never really cooked and I don’t care for tater tots, so I never dined on the authen­tic dish before, but I know that it usu­ally goes some­thing like this:

Sauteed onion + ground beef + can of con­densed cream of what­ever soup + tater tots on top = din­ner. Blorch.

But when given the oppor­tu­nity to play with some Teese recently, I wanted to think out­side the box. No pizza, cheesy dip would do, this needed to be cre­ative. Enter Teesy Tator Tot Hotdish.

Teesy Tator Tot Hotdish

Olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3–4 cloves gar­lic, minced
1 teas. dried basil
1 cup crem­ini mush­rooms, chopped
1 medium zuc­chini, sliced into half moons
1/2 cup frozen peas (you must have at least one frozen veg­etable in it for it to be a real hot­dish)
2 veg­gie sausages, cut into coins
1 tube creamy ched­dar Teese
1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
Tater tots

Pre­heat oven to 375. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 or smaller casse­role (I used a 5 x7, but 8 x 8 would work too, you could always increase your zuc­chini and mush­rooms a lit­tle or add more tots!).

In a pan, heat olive oil. Add onion and gar­lic and sautee until onions become translu­cent. Add basil and sautee for another minute. Trans­fer to a large bowl. In same pan, sautee mush­rooms until ten­der. Drain juice and add to bowl with onions. Add zuc­chini, peas and veg­gie sausages to bowl. Add Teese and milk and mix with a whisk or spoon until Teese and milk have incor­po­rated and coat veg­gie mix­ture (it might look a lit­tle lumpy, but that’s fine). Pour into casse­role dish and cover with frozen tots.

Bake for 35–40 min­utes or until tots are golden and cheesy mix­ture is bub­bling. You may need to put a bak­ing sheet with parch­ment under the casse­role to catch drips. Allow hot­dish to cool for about 5 min­utes before serving.

Makes 3–4 servings.

It was darn tasty, dontcha know!


13 Responses to teesy tater tot hotdish

  1. cmb0096 says:

    Hahaha! I love this post…the end is spo­ken like a true MN :-) I have never in my life had hot-dish either, despite liv­ing in MN for 20+ years, but that looks pretty darn accu­rate. I won­der how it would hold up at a church pot-luck??!?!?


  2. hahaa whoaaaa such a stan­dard amer­i­can diet kinda meal, but yours is pretty healthy :)

  3. Stephanie says:

    You have no idea how much I want to eat this RIGHT NOW.

  4. karmalily says:

    Whoa. I’ve never heard of a hot­dish, and even though I’m pretty healthy when it comes to eat­ing, I want to scarf that down some­thing bad! It looks so gooood.

  5. DJ Karma says:

    Love the name! 😉

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  7. Melisser says:

    That is straight CRAZY look­ing! yum.

  8. Paula says:

    It sounds deli­cous!!! I’m going to try it.

  9. Claryn says:

    Oh god, I grew up eat­ing this. As with most of my child­hood Mid­west­ern eats, I know I should think this is gross, but I can’t help but think that this (veg­a­nized, of course) com­pletely rules!

  10. That is wrong in so many ways! I love it! And you are quite the food pho­tog­ra­pher — nicely plated.

  11. conradvisionquest says:

    hoe-lee crap i am sooo mak­ing this! i freakin’ love tater tots!

  12. Crystal says:

    Wow Kris, that looks insanely good. It’s been years since I’ve had tater tots and now I’ve sud­denly got a big crav­ing for them. If only I could find Tease here.