This was another successful recipe that America's Test Kitchen sent to us to try and provide feedback. It totally brought back the hot lunch/potluck meals of day's gone by, but it was tasty so figured we could have it occasionally during the fall/winter.
ingredients1-1/2 lbs 85% lean ground beef
1 lb white mushrooms, trimmed and sliced thin
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp minced fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
3 oz grated Parmesan cheese (1-1/2 cups)
1 cup frozen peas*
1 cup frozen corn*
2 lb bag frozen tater tots*
- Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Cook beef, mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme, 1½ teaspoons salt, and 1½ teaspoons pepper in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until nearly all liquid has evaporated, 25 to 28 minutes, breaking up beef with spoon.
- Stir in flour until no dry spots remain and cook for 1 minute. Stir in milk and broth, scraping up any browned bits, and bring to simmer. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in Parmesan. Transfer to 13 by 9-inch baking dish.**
- Sprinkle peas and corn evenly over beef mixture. Lightly place tater tots in even layer over top, but do not press into mixture (you may have extra). Bake until tater tots are deep golden brown and filling is bubbling, 35 to 38 minutes, rotating dish halfway through baking. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Serve with ketchup, if desired.
sourceAmerica's Test Kitchen for publication in Cook's Country.
notes*Be sure to buy the cylinder-shaped frozen tater tots (not crispy crowns or coins). Do not thaw the tots or the vegetables; they go into the hotdish frozen. Depending on the dish, you may have about 1 cup of tater tots leftover.
**For the best browned and crunchy tater tots, bake in a 13 by 9-inch Pyrex dish (deeper dishes inhibit browning). Don’t be tempted to turn on your broiler; Pyrex cannot withstand the broiler’s direct heat.
To Make Ahead: Hotdish can be prepared through step 2: Let cool completely, cover, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to cook, cover with aluminum foil and bake until hot in center, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove foil, stir, sprinkle evenly with peas and corn, place tater tots on top, and bake as directed in step 3.