Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cheezeburger Tator Tot Pie

Welcome to my fourth installment of gamer food remakes. I don't know about some of you gamers out there but in this household, burgers and tator tots are a classic pairing. Even more so than burgers and fries. Although I guess it's still deep-fried potatoes so what's the diff, eh? Anyway! Since I've been trying to get on a healthier kick I've been looking for a way to remake this tasty but oh-so-not-good-for-you meal.

Well I finally figured it out. I've seen the so-called 'crockpot cheeseburger' recipes and the tator tot casserole recipes and the shepherd's pie recipes. Somehow, my subconscious mind decided it'd be a great idea to combine elements from all three recipes and see if I couldn't make a tasty dish! I have to admit, sometimes these screwy ideas of mine don't exactly work out. But in this case it did work out. And glorious were the results! All I need now is a cat in the picture.

Cheezeburger Tator Tot Pie

4 Servings | Total Time: 30 min | Journeyman

  • 8oz Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 cup Onion, minced 
  • 1 Tbl Garlic, minced 
  • 1/2 can Small Peas, drained/rinsed 
  • 2 Wedges Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese, room temp
  • 1/3 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 12 Hamburger Style Dill Pickle Slices 
  • 2 Tbl Ketchup 
  • 4 tsp Mustard 
  • 36-ish Tator Tots
Craft: Preheat oven to 400° F. Brown the turkey in a pan with garlic and onion. Drain, add peas and set aside. In a small bowl mash together cheese wedges and cheddar. Put a layer of 4 pickle slices in the bottom of each ramekin. Divide the meat/peas into the four ramekins on top of the pickles. Next layer the cheese mix. Next add 1/2 Tbl ketchup and 1 tsp of mustard to each. Top with a layer of tator tots (about 9 each). Sprinkle with salt & pepper if desired. Bake for 20 minutes.

Strategies: You can use ground beef if you prefer but there's no difference in taste. Only health and calories!

LFM: Jello!

  • Ground Turkey | $1.50
  • Onion | $0.75
  • Small Peas | $0.50
  • Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese | $3.00
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese | $2.00
  • Tator Tots | $1.50
Total Cost: $9.25
Cost Per Serving: $2.32

Category: Casual, Critical Hits
*This meal contains staple items such as spices that you may or may not have in your pantry so your cost may vary.

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