Comfort Food Classics: How to Make Tater Tot Casserole

Tater tots, those retro-fabulous little potato nuggets, swung back into fashion about a decade ago, popping up on pub menus and getting refreshed package designs in the frozen aisle of the grocery store. We won’t lie: We still prefer fries as a potato-based side for burgers and sandwiches. But there’s something awesome you can do with tots, something that works so much better than other tater shapes: Bake them into a casserole.

Midwestern readers already know all about this glorious thing called “hot dish,” a catchall name for a casserole made with starch, a meat, canned soup and, sometimes, canned or frozen veggies. It’s undeniable comfort food, the sort of thing that seems almost scientifically designed to warm you up and calm your nerves. This Tater Tot Casserole from the American Dairy Association North East hits all the right hot-dish notes: a creamy base layer of sour cream and cheddar soup, a perfect grid of tots, plenty of cheese, melted butter and — for a fun little pop of crunch — a sprinkle of sweetened corn cereal. Kids and adults alike go bonkers for this dish, so serve it up at your next party or potluck and watch the casserole almost magically disappear.

Check out our video, and then head here for the full recipe!