Thursday, October 22, 2015

French Onion Tater Tot Casserole Ala Steph

Bev, Pat and two of their friends are off to Marco Island, FL for their annual two week trip to the beach and I’m minding the store and looking after the pups.  Starting in 2016, we’re scheduled to go later in the year and I may be willing to go with them, but I still refuse to go during the hot FL October when the cool weather I’ve been awaiting all summer is finally in East Tennessee.

Since I’m cooking for myself, my preference is to make simple dishes that generate plenty of leftovers so I can cook less often and this dish is a good example.  We had made this dish once before and decided it was a little overwhelmed by the French Onion Dip so I modified it this time by adding more potatoes and cheese.  Check out Steph's Plain Chicken blog for the original recipe and her shots.

French Onion Potato Casserole – Adapted from Plain Chicken

1½ (30-32oz) packages frozen tater tots
1 (10 3/4oz) can Cream of Chicken soup
1 (16oz) container French Onion Dip (Kraft)
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices pepper jack cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix soup, dip and cheddar cheese. Then thoroughly mix in potatoes.
3. Pour into prepared pan and top with sliced pepper jack.
4. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until bubbly.

For my taste, this was just perfect and I will now plan to use it as a base for other ingredient additions.  And of course, I had to try a little for breakfast - I cooked the eggs sunnyside-up in a ring with a little water added to the skillet with a lid.

I mixed it all up together and it was oh sooo good.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


10/20/15 event date


  1. That looks like a very interesting casserole, and love my eggs basted like that.

  2. SO excited to hear you liked the casserole! Love the addition of pepper jack cheese. Chicken Legs would love the tater tot casserole with those eggs on top. YUM!

  3. Hope the girls have a lot of fun but not enough that you have to go bail them out.

  4. This sounds like comfort food to the max. I would like to chime in our your chile verde post too. What a treat getting roasted chiles. They have a special flavor that cannot be beat. I can only imagine how good that tasted. I would like to address the cilantro ingredient. Love it or hate it using fresh cilantro would have added another element to your great dish.

    1. Thanks for the feedback and I agree on the fresh cilantro, but I would have had to make a 30 mile round trip to get it. Next time we make it, I'll make sure we have some on hand.

  5. Hot damn! This is my kind of food, love it, drooling now.

  6. Larry, That's a pretty casserole and no one is surprised that it became a breakfast too! Meatloaf and mashed potatoes with a veggie and garlic bread tonight...a break for your own cooking. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. The eggs make it extra delicious! This casserole is my idea of simple comfort food. YUM.

  8. Looks like comfort food at its finest Larry.

  9. Yes I do believe every man who finds himself single for a while - should make this casserole. Leftovers would be great with an egg of course!

  10. I knew you'd add an egg and make it breakfast! I let my guys have tater tots about once a month, and they really are good. I'm a fan of using convenience foods as the basis for simple meals when possible.

  11. I'll bet there's plenty of grilling going on while Bev is gone too :) This sounds like the perfect side dish. My husband always loved Tater Tots but we haven't had them in years. I know he'd love this!

  12. To begin with, this tater tot dish sounds sinfully good and then top it with two eggs??? Yes please! And uhoh - Big Dude is unsupervised. :) I'm with you about visiting a hot Florida and instead enjoying seasonally wonderful Fall temps.

  13. Oh yeah, I've got to try this one out. Would be great on the grill on the morning of an event.

  14. This looks really good! Have to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)


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