Monday, October 10, 2011

Adventures With Tater Tots

Earlier this year, I participated in a tater tot eating contest with my friends Jess and Tierney. The contest worked like this: Participants were seated at a long table and were given a few one pound baskets of tots. We then had six minutes to eat as many as possible. The winner ended up eating more than three pounds. I ate . . . less than one pound. It was kind of embarrassing to not even finish one basket but I think if it wasn't timed I would have done a lot better. I've always been a slower eater.

Anyhow, after the contest, I had to go on a bit
of a tater tot hiatus. The thought of eating more was rather sickening. But that all changed after my friend Alysha from She's on the Run introduced me to Tater Tot Casserole. After just one bite, I knew I had to have the recipe, which combines tater tots with a cream sauce, cheese and fried onions.

Pass the tots, please!

I've prepared this simple casserole a few times now, and it makes a great vegetarian main or side dish. Try serving it with a green or fruit salad.

Tater Tot Casserole

1 32 oz package tater tots
1 16 oz container light sour cream (I recommend Daisy brand)
1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
1 can condensed cream of celery soup
1 6 oz can French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch-baking dish. Arrange tater tots in the prepared baking dish.

In a mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cheese and soup. Pour this mixture over the tater tots. Sprinkle onions over the top of the casserole.

Bake for 45 to 60 minutes.

Have you ever participated in an eating contest? If so, how did you fare?

- ST

2 comments:

  1. I was actually thinking about this exact casserole this morning. I haven't made it in forever and I have an intense craving for tots.

    As far as the eating contest, when I was a kid I participated in a pie eating contest at my dad's company picnic (it was a french silk pie). All I remember is that I wanted to enjoy it and savor every bite - which is obviously impossible if you are trying to eat as fast as you can!

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  2. Yum, I love French Silk Pie! Although I can see how it's not especially a food to scarf down fast during an eating contest.

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