Easy to fix. I browned the meat with Onion then mixed the meat with the soup and 1 can of mushrooms. Put in pan and added the rest and baked for 50 mins. covered then added the cheese and uncovered till cheese was melted.
This was very good for a quick supper on a busy day. I browned the ground beef with some onion instead of using it raw and stirred the soup into the meat. I baked it for 45 minutes uncovered, topped with shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and baked a few minutes longer until the cheese melted.
Made this for lunch today.I always used green beans in it,never thought of using peas.But the kids seemed to like it much better this way.No little piles of green things on the side of the plates.lol I used grated co-jack cheese(8 oz bag) instead of the slices.And added some garlic and onion to the beef.Fast,easy and tasty!
I love this, I did add a few things though. Into the raw meat I added about 3/4 cups each of diced onion, thin sliced carrot, thin sliced celery, 1 fresh jalapeno diced, 8 oz chopped fresh mushrooms, garlic powder and some rosemary. Pressed the raw (very lean) meat into the pan. I also added 1 cup of shredded cheddar on top of the peas then placed on the taters. I baked like it states and added more sliced cheese toward the end. This is a definate keeper!
Slightly changed it by browning the meat with white onion, and mixing in the cream of mushroom soup, as well as topping with extra sharp cheddar instead of the American cheese. It came out wicked good! I am definitely going to be making this again.
My meat was burned and dry. The cook time is too long! Try 40-50 minutes, as other reviews have said. Also, I think a smaller pan size would help it from drying out and make for a meatier base under the tater tots. It would also help to make a tighter row of tots over the top, if there were not so much real estate that needed covered.
This is super easy to make if a little stretched out in time. I intend to re-make this recipe for myself to make it with less grease and also see what else can be done with it.<br/><br/>Last night I made 1 large and 2 small casseroles of this recipe and one of the small ones was definitely different. I use raw ground pork and cream of chicken soup. It was really good.
I've been making this recipe using corn niblets or french style green beans - both were outstanding. The most important thing I found, was that placing the tater tots one at a time, right up against each other, covering the entire top of the casserole made it look gorgeous and kept it perfectly moist, but with a crispy, crunchy top. This is on the "Please make.... " list at my house !!!! My fam likes it with ketchup on the side.
Very good! Takes a bit longer to cook than the brown the meat version. But goodness it took only about 5 mins. to get in the oven. This was perfect tonight because when my little ones needed a lot of attention. Keeping this recipe! Thanks!