Mom’s old tater tot casserole is a comfort food icon and a dish that will warm the recesses of your heart. It was sure good tasting and full of love but not all that good for you.
Well, now you can enjoy this all-time favorite without the unhealthy side effects. Here is a recipe that hits all the taste buds as well as the texture and mouth feel. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
1 32oz bag Tater Tots
2 tablespoons Vegan Butter (Earth Balance is the brand I use)
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups plain almond milk or other vegan milk (I use almond milk)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 teaspoon salt (optional) (I use seasoned salt)
3 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 portobello mushroom, diced
1/2 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups ground crumbles
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter and add flour, stirring until a paste then cook for 1-2 minutes, don’t let it brown.
On medium-high heat; slowly add broth and then the milk a little at a time constantly whisking.
Mix corn starch with cold water in a small bowl until it becomes a slurry. Add in cornstarch 1 tablespoon at a time, while heating to a boil, stirring constantly. Once it starts to boil, reduce heat to low, then taste. Depending on the saltiness of the broth you used, you can add 1 teaspoon salt and some black pepper to your taste.
In a skillet, saute the diced mushroom in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil until soft.
Add cooked mushrooms to the soup mixture.
Then, saute onions and garlic in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, till onions are clear. Be sure not to scorch or burn the garlic because they will become bitter.
Brown ground crumbles in a little oil then combine it with the onion & garlic mixture, also add the frozen vegetables to this mixture at this time.
In lightly oiled 12″ x 8″ casserole dish, layer with the crumble mixture on the bottom, then the mushroom soup on top of that, and then completely cover top with frozen tater tots.
Bake uncovered for about 55-60 mins. At the very end you can broil the top to brown the tater tots a bit more if you like them more crispy. Serve warm!