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Pizza Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

I have never cared for tater tot casserole. (my mom taught me to say I don’t care for something, rather than I hate it. 😉 ) But somewhere in the early years of our marriage, I found this recipe for pizza tater tot casserole, and I liked it! No cream of mushroom soup – just ground beef, pizza sauce and other pizza toppings, covered with cheese and tater tots!

Pizza tater tot casserole recipe. Easy, simple, good recipe for teens and kids to make!

Super easy and fast, this is a great recipe to keep in your file for those days when you just don’t know what else to make with ground beef again! 😀  It is also easy for teens to make. I am in the stage of life where I want lots of simple recipes that my older kids can make.


Pizza Tater Tot recipe, easy and delicious, different!Brown the ground beef, drain. Add pizza sauce, green pepper, pepperoni, (and mushrooms, if desired). Stir together and place in a 9×13 pan, or 2 quart casserole dish. I used a 12″ cast iron skillet. Sprinkle with 2 cups shredded cheese, and top with tater tots. (frozen is fine) Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or till tater tots are heated through, and cheese is melted. Serve with a salad and bread.

Pizza tater tot casserole recipe

 

Pizza tater tot casserole recipe

I am always on the look out for new, but still simple, beef recipes! This pizza tater tot casserole fits the bill perfectly. I like to keep a bag of tots in my freezer for this quick meal. You know how it is – you are planning to serve leftovers, when you get the call at 11 am that there’s half a dozen hungry cowboys to feed, instead of one! 😀

Don’t tell anyone, but I kind of like those last minute surprises! I am less stressed because I know they weren’t expecting anything. So, I pull out anything I can find, and they like it just fine!

Pizza Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: main dish
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 (24 oz) can pizza/pasta sauce or about 2.5 cups
  • 1 cup pepperoni, cut in half
  • ½ green pepper, diced (optional)
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, cheddar or pizza blend
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef, drain.
  2. Add green pepper, mushrooms, pepperoni, and pizza sauce, stir.
  3. Spread in a 9x13 pan
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the meat mixture.
  5. Top with tater tots.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350* for 30 minutes or till heated through.

 

 

Scottish Egg Recipe

 

Easy Scottish Egg Recipe

The wind whipped about me mercilessly, as I waited for the cowboys to get their food and coffee. The sun was shining and the temperature hung around 45*, but it didn’t feel that warm on the open prairie. The sound of cows lowing and calves bawling drowned out the talking and laughter of the cowboys.


When I looked in the foil-covered pan sitting on the tailgate, I saw something that looked like sausage balls. I took one, because I love sausage! The hot sausage warmed my cold hands, and I  bit into it as the Wyoming wind whipped my hair. Inside the sausage was a hard-boiled egg!

Then I remembered… Cliff had told me that this ranch served something called “Scottish Eggs”. His description of a hard-boiled egg inside sausage had sounded delicious. I was happy to get a chance to try them. Somehow, it seemed the perfect food for a branding snack. Hot, easy to hold, full of protein – to give the cowboys energy.

Easy Scottish Egg Recipe

I relished every bite, and resolved to go home and make them myself! Since that day on the wide and windy prairie, I have made them often. Today I want to share with you this incredibly easy, filling breakfast food.

The process is incredibly simple. You take a pound of bulk pork sausage, divide into 6 equal parts, and flatten each part. Then you place a hard-boiled egg on top of the sausage, and wrap the sausage around the egg. The wrapping is the hardest part – you might have to squish it a bit to get the egg completely covered. You can divide the sausage into only 5 parts for a thicker sausage layer, if you like.

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Scottish Egg Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Scottish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 lb pork sausage
Instructions
  1. Peel the eggs
  2. Divide the sausage into 6 equal portions
  3. Smash each sausage ball flat
  4. Lay egg on sausage
  5. Wrap sausage around egg
  6. Place on a pan
  7. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.