Friday, November 16, 2012

Cowboy Casserole and Storms!

What can I say about our beloved cowboy casserole? This is a FAVORITE in our house. As Sponge bob would say, "It's not good for you, it's good for your soul." And of course it is, while also being cheap and a husband and kid please-r. So, it won't be the healthiest thing I feature with the frozen tater tots and cream of mushroom soup but I promise it will be a family favorite for those crazy week nights where you don't have time. On this particular night that I thought, "Hey I should make cowboy casserole!" I wanted something quick to whip up because we were experiencing a severe thunderstorm and at the risk of the power going out, I wanted something good in our bellies instead of sandwiches.

Cowboy Casserole

1lb ground meat (beef, turkey, venison)
1/2 of a green bell pepper, diced
1 small to medium yellow onion diced
2 banana peppers small to medium, diced 
1 can cream of mushroom 
1 bag of frozen tater tots
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 can kidney or chili beans, drained
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Cooking spray

First things first, start browning your meat, and bake your tater tots according to package directions (make sure to take them out about 5-10 minutes before they are golden/done) while dicing your onion and peppers. Once that is done take a mixing bowl and toss in your cooked meat, diced peppers, diced onion, can of cream of mushroom, 1 cup cheese, and can of beans mix well. While mixing, add in your garlic powder, onion powder, and dash of Worcestershire sauce. Pour mixture in to a glass baking dish that has been sprayed with a cooking spray and spread evenly, sprinkle the other cup of shredded cheese evenly on top of meat mixture, and then add the tater tots on top. Bake for 10-15minutes at 375 degrees or until the tater tots are golden and the cheese is bubbling. 

Speaking of Storms..

This is what Blake does during a storm. Especially when it is thundering and lightening. Random kid!


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