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A week or two ago, I asked my mom what recipes I could use for my Friday posts. She is so, 100% NOT a recipe person. She made stuff up, or used a recipe once and then improvised the second time around.
I could remember several recipes she made I didn’t like: bean soup, lima bean casserole, and this tater tot casserole. We laughed over the idea of me using the tater tot casserole as a Family Recipe Fridays post. And now here it is.
It’s not that I don’t like it, exactly. It’s just not what I would prefer for dinner. But my dad and sister love it. It’s like junk food without going through the McDonald’s drive-thru. I remember one time my mom was out of town, and I went to our house and made this for my dad and Ashley. You would have thought I’d hung the stars. They were ecstatic.
At the beginning of my pregnancy with Libbie, I could not even THINK about chicken without getting sick. I think it all started with the chicken salad fiasco and went downhill from there. I didn’t eat chicken again until I was at least 16 weeks pregnant. So during that time, I pretty much ate beef. And one night, out of blue, I decided the only thing I could stomach was Tater Tot Casserole. Pregnancy will do that to you.
All the taste of a Sonic cheeseburger and tots without having to sit and wait there … but without the goodness of a cherry limeade. I suppose you could make your own of that, too! (Another major pregnancy craving of mine.)
Added to Ingredient Spotlight at Finding Joy in My Kitchen.