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Tater Tot Casserole

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A great, comforting side dish that would be perfect for a Thanksgiving side dish, or heck, a side dish any day of the week.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices Thick Cut Bacon, Cut Into Chunks
  • 1 can (10 Oz. Size) Cream Of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 pinch Salt To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 whole Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cut Into Bite Size Pieces
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole Large Shallot, Diced
  • 1 cup Mushrooms, Diced
  • 1 cup Shredded Colby-jack Cheese
  • 1 bag Ore-Ida Tater Tots, Frozen, 2 Pound Bag (you May Not Use Them All)

Preparation

Start by adding your bacon to a large skillet, bringing it up to a medium low heat. As the bacon cooks, it will release some of its fat, which we will keep and use to cook the remaining ingredients.

While the bacon cooks, add the can of cream of chicken soup to a mixing bowl. Add milk to the bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Use a whisk or fork to combine the mixture, making a smooth texture. This will be the sauce for our casserole.

As the bacon starts to crisp, add in the chicken. Raise the heat to medium high. Cook, stir and flip the bacon and chicken for about 4 minutes.

Add in the garlic, shallot, and mushrooms. Cook another couple of minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 F.

Get your casserole dish out. You know the one. Pick out one that will be deep enough, and long enough to hold the casserole. I used a 9×13.

Pour the chicken mixture into the bottom of your casserole dish.

Pour the soup mixture over the top of the chicken mixture. Give a stir.

Top with the shredded cheese. Take your tater tots and cover the mixture with an even bedding of tater tots.

Place the tater tot casserole in the preheated oven, cooking for about 45 minutes.

Remove it from the oven and let the casserole sit for about 10 minutes before serving. Trust me, it will still be hot, however it gives some time to let the casserole settle.

Well, you know what’s next. Serve it up.

Not only does the casserole look pretty, but it will get everyone thinking of why they never thought about using tater tots in that way.

The first bite had that smokiness from the bacon, while paired with chicken. Oh wow, I’m getting hungry now just thinking about that combination. Then you get the creaminess and cheesiness, along with the garlic flavor and the crisp, yet tender tater tots. I think cheesy potatoes just met its match. This casserole is a real winner. I hope you enjoy.

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