If you live in Minnesota there are two things that you must embrace: the cold winters and hotdish (known as casseroles to you non-Minnesotans). Hotdishes, including tater tot hotdish, consist of a protein like chicken or beef and a starch like rice, noodles or potatoes. The combination is then mixed together with a can or two of condensed cream soup.
While you won’t find tater tot hotdish (or any other hotdish for that matter) to be suited for fine dining, it is a delicious form of comfort food and very quick and easy to prepare. Most condensed soup, however, contains wheat and dairy which makes hotdish difficult to make since condensed soup is one of the most important ingredients in the dish.
The solution? Make your own sauce! Sure, it takes a little more time but you can use the same pan you cook the ground beef in to save on dish washing time.
This dish might not be gourmet but it is delicious! If you want to eat this dish as Minnesotans do, serve with ketchup (really!)
Hotdish is comfort food, perfect for supper on a chilly night. This recipe is free of dairy, egg, soy, wheat/gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.
- Cooking spray
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- 3 tablespoons "safe" margarine such as Earth Balance
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose gluten free flour
- 2 cups gluten free beef broth
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- 16 ounces frozen tater tots
Spray a large glass casserole dish with cooking spray.
In a skillet, brown the ground beef over medium high heat. Drain fat. Add the onion and saute until tender. Place this mixture in the casserole dish.
In the skillet, melt 3 tablespoons margarine. Sprinkle the flour over it and whisk together for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in half of the broth. Allow mixture to bubble and thicken and add more broth until the mixture is the consistency of thick gravy.
Pour mixture over beef mixture in casserole dish and mix together. Next, cover beef mixture with frozen mixed vegetables. Then, top with tator tots.
Cover the casserole and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove the cover and bake an additional 15 minutes or until the tater tots are golden brown. Serve immediately.