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Tater Tot Casserole

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I used to make it using Campbell's cream of celery soup and adding green beans. For the meat I used ground beef. We all loved it.

After I learned of the food allergies, I switched over to using Spud Puppies instead of Tater Tots. I do still prefer those because they're organic, but daughter has outgrown her soy allergy so we can use the Tater Tots. I do have to watch out for other brands, particularly store brands because they can contain wheat.

But what to do for the sauce? We were allergic to dairy. That is no longer. I used to try to make a cream of celery soup using rice milk, celery and olive oil. It never quite tasted right. I tried using beef gravy. It was okay, but lacking something. I add catsup. That wasn't quite right.

This last time I used some rehydrated dried celery (the real stuff I had was limp), chopped onions and part of a can of chopped tomatoes. I put this in the casserole, topped with some chunks of Velveeta cheese and then the Tater Tots. No green beans. Daughter has gone off of them. I loved the end result! Daughter hated it. Said it was too cheesy.

I thought of using a mild salsa but haven't tried it yet. Do you think that would work? I do make a hash that she loves. It's ground beef, O'Brian frozen hash browns and salsa. With or without cheese.

Any other ideas for a sauce to put in it? It's a quick casserole to make so I like to whip it up every once in a while.

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After I learned of the food allergies, I switched over to using Spud Puppies instead of Tater Tots.

I'm sorry that I have no cooking tips for this, but I just had to comment on the name "spud puppies".

I love it. I'm going to make that one of my fictional band names, if that's okay!! :D

Good luck on figuring out your recipe!! Sorry I can't be of any help.

~Allison

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I'm sorry that I have no cooking tips for this, but I just had to comment on the name "spud puppies".

I love it. I'm going to make that one of my fictional band names, if that's okay!! :D

Good luck on figuring out your recipe!! Sorry I can't be of any help.

~Allison

Yeah, I love the name! Every time I tell people we are eating that, I get a strange look and a "Duh...?"

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I made this just a couple nights ago. But I use oreida tater tots, health valley cream of chicken and mushroom soup, and hamburger. I use more chicken soup then mushroom because I like that flavor more. Then I usually add some better then bullion to it just for added flavor as the soup is a bit on the bland side. Cook the meat then layer tots, meat, and soup until all gone. Cook in 350 oven until hot. Stir a few times while cooking in the oven.

Forress

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I made this just a couple nights ago. But I use oreida tater tots, health valley cream of chicken and mushroom soup, and hamburger. I use more chicken soup then mushroom because I like that flavor more. Then I usually add some better then bullion to it just for added flavor as the soup is a bit on the bland side. Cook the meat then layer tots, meat, and soup until all gone. Cook in 350 oven until hot. Stir a few times while cooking in the oven.

Forress

Grump

Thanks! I will look for that soup.

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Ah, this recipe brings back fond memories! It must date back to the 60's or early 70's and my kids used to love it. I used to use ground beef (seasoned with salt and pepper), some uncooked frozen mixed veggies and a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. Let it bake for awhile and then uncover and add a layer of Tater Tots on top and bake some more.

I wish Campbell's would come out with gluten-free condensed soups as those were such staples for me. Is Health Valley available in regular grocery stores or in health food stores?

I've tried using Progresso Creamy Mushroom Soup (gluten free) in some recipes, but it just isn't the same.

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Ah, this recipe brings back fond memories! It must date back to the 60's or early 70's and my kids used to love it. I used to use ground beef (seasoned with salt and pepper), some uncooked frozen mixed veggies and a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. Let it bake for awhile and then uncover and add a layer of Tater Tots on top and bake some more.

I wish Campbell's would come out with gluten-free condensed soups as those were such staples for me. Is Health Valley available in regular grocery stores or in health food stores?

I've tried using Progresso Creamy Mushroom Soup (gluten free) in some recipes, but it just isn't the same.

I know I've seen Health Valley at the "gourmet" grocery store near here that sells a lot of organic and gluten-free stuff. Not sure if you can get it elsewhere.

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I use this: http://www.gluten.net/recipes/index.php?cmd=6&recid=66 to replace any cream soups... it tastes the same and its super cheap and EASY to make. Doesn't store well, so you gotta make it as you need it.

1 cup cold milk

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 1/2 Tbsp butter

1 tsp chicken bouillon

1/2 tsp salt

dash of pepper

Instructions

1. In a small saucepan, whisk milk and cornstarch till well blended.

2. Stir in butter, bouillon, salt, and pepper.

3. Heat to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer on low for one minute more to thicken.

Use in recipes to replace one can of cream of anything soup.

CONDENSED CREAM OF MUSHROOM SOUP:

Stir in a drained 4 ounce can of mushroom pieces to the recipe above.

Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Mushroom Soup.

CONDENSED CREAM OF CHICKEN SOUP:

Stir in 1/2 cup cooked chicken pieces to the recipe above.

Use in recipes in place of one can of Cream of Chicken Soup.

CONDENSED CREAM OF CELERY SOUP

Stir in 1/2 cup saut

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Ah, this recipe brings back fond memories! It must date back to the 60's or early 70's and my kids used to love it. I used to use ground beef (seasoned with salt and pepper), some uncooked frozen mixed veggies and a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. Let it bake for awhile and then uncover and add a layer of Tater Tots on top and bake some more.

I wish Campbell's would come out with gluten-free condensed soups as those were such staples for me. Is Health Valley available in regular grocery stores or in health food stores?

I've tried using Progresso Creamy Mushroom Soup (gluten free) in some recipes, but it just isn't the same.

Yes I buy the Health Valley soup at Fred Myers

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I saw several varieties of Health Valley soups at Giant this week...but no cream of mushroom. Maybe I'll be able to find it at another store.

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Aw the verstality of tater top casserole!!! I use hamburger, tomato soup, corn, and some kind of beans usually kidney, some chili powder, top with cheese and tots. Sadly I found the tomato soup had wheat in it and so did the tots! I have also used tomato sauce or even tomatoes, some kind of veggie with salsa, I use chicken sometimes in it also. A friend uses olives, corn, and some other veggies and thickness it with some broth and cornstarch, I have tried that but making it more like a pot pie. I just have yet to work out a gluten free pie crust since I am pretty new at going gluten free.

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Aw the verstality of tater top casserole!!! Sadly I found the tomato soup had wheat in it and so did the tots!

I swear there's no end what we can do with the ingredients for this casserole. My kids loved it when they were young.

I *think* Ore-Ida Tater Tots are gluten free. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. And if you used Campbell's cream of tomato soup, sadly I don't know that any of their soups are gluten free. They used to be such a staple for me.

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