Faux-Tater Tot casserole was created like most remake recipes, out of sheer desperation to taste a memory. My Step Dad was the Tater Tot Casserole King. He made the BEST! As an adult I carried on the tradition of making them for my kids and family and with each bite my Step Dads memory was felt. The regular recipe is filled with carbs, canned cream of mushroom soup, corn, Lipton soup mix and of course, tater tots! Determined to be able to keep my favorite recipe of his alive, I created this delicious Faux Tater Tot Casserole, using a homemade mushroom soup, riced cauliflower and gluten free French fried onions… Magical. The riced cauliflower really gives this casserole the mouth feel of a deconstructed tot! The French fried onions add to the savoryness and the “fried” taste of the tot. And the mushroom soup… well you cant have tater tot casserole without it and this one is a snap to make! This casserole is so very near and dear to my heart and as I eat it I wonder if I could fool him… likely not… but I think he would like it, as long as I didn’t tell him he was eating cauliflower, haha! This one is for you Georgie Porgie, I miss you and I look forward to seeing your smile again… on the other side,
Carb count 5 carbs per serving
1 lb ground chuck
2 tbs dried minced onion
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbs butter
1 cup finely diced mushrooms
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 heavy cream
1/3 cup water
1 beef bullion cube
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 10z bag of frozen riced cauliflower, you only need 1/2 of the bag, can freeze the rest for later
1 can French style green beans
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of gluten free French fried onions, or regular if you are not concerned with gluten.
- Preheat oven to 375′ and grease an 8×8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray
- In a large frying pan brown ground beef and season with onion powder, minced onion salt and pepper. Drain off excess grease and remove meat from the pan
- In pan over med heat add the tablespoon of butter, the diced onion and diced mushrooms and minced garlic. Sautee until mushrooms are brown.
- Add the cream cheese, heavy cream and water. Stirring constantly until cream cheese is completely melted.
- Add the bullion cube and the Worcestershire sauce. Stir well and remove from heat and mix in the reserved ground beef.
- In the greased 8×8 dish, layer the ground beef and mushroom mixture, then the drained green beans, season the green beans with salt and pepper.
- Add the cheese layer
- Add the frozen riced cauliflower
- Finally top with the French Fried Onions
- Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly. You may want to cover for half of the cooking time as the French fried onions cook and brown quickly depending on your oven.