Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

A sure-fire potluck pleaser! You just can’t beat the combination of sauced meat and cheese. Here’s an example of an Amish recipe that uses convenience foods but still tastes down-home good and will fill up the hungriest fellows at your table.

1 28-oz. bag Tater Tots
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 2.5-oz. pkg. bacon bits
1 C. chopped onion
1 18-oz. container barbecue pulled pork or pulled beef
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350º. Spray a 9×13” pan and cover the bottom with a layer of Tater Tots. Drizzle the melted butter over the potatoes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and spread the onions evenly over top. Cover with half the bacon bits and half the shredded cheese, and then spread the pulled pork or pulled beef over this. Cover with foil and bake about 45 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and bacon bits and bake until cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes. Dig in!

Kitchen Hint: I have a few Tater Tots left over after covering the bottom of the pan, so I keep them in the freezer for another time. It probably wouldn’t hurt to bunch them up more and use the whole bag—might make a bumpier casserole, but who would care!?

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