Minnesota hot dish recipes, including the Tater Tot hotdish, are among the most famous of Minnesota recipes. The Minnesota hot dish is the subject of many jokes and even the title of a book. "Hot dish," is one of those famous words and phrases that let the world know we speak Minnesotan.
"You know you're a Minnesotan if you say a casserole is just a hot dish with an attitude." ~ Ed Fischer, You Know You're A Minnesotan
In most other parts of the country, what we call hot dish is called a casserole.
You can expect several versions of this staple to appear at family gatherings and church basement suppers in enclaves of Minnesota culture that are rooted in Scandinavian traditions.
The Minnesota hot dish recipe that we think of first is the Tater-Tot hot dish.
This classic hot dish recipe almost always contains a can or two of Campbell's soup.
We usually choose Cream of Mushroom...though some of us take a risk with other versions.
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
1 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 16 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables
1 16 oz. package frozen tater tots
1 1/2 cups cheddar jack cheese
Brown the ground beef with the onion; drain off any fat. Stir in the soups, milk, and the vegetables. Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13" baking dish. Arrange the tater tots on top.
Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly and the tater tots are brown and crisp. Sprinkle the cheese over the tater tots, return the dish to the oven, and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 10 oz. package frozen corn or 1 can of canned corn
1 can cream of mushroom soup mixed with one can of milk or a 12 oz. jar beef gravy
1 16 ounce package frozen tater tots
Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet; drain off grease. Add the corn and soup or gravy and mix well. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish. Arrange the tater tots on top.
Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the tater tots are crisp and lightly browned.
1 lb Lean ground beef
1 c Minnesota wild rice, uncooked
1/2 lb Fresh mushrooms,sliced
1/2 c Green pepper, chopped
1/2 c Onion, chopped
1 1/2 c Celery, chopped
3 tb Low sodium soy sauce
2 ts Low solt beef bouilon
1 1/2 c Water
Rinse and soak wild rice in hot water for up to 3 hours. Drain.
In a 4 quart saucepan, cover rice with water, Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain any excess water.
Brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet. Drain any fat or juices. Combine cooked ground beef with remaining ingredients in a large casserole dish. Mix thoroughly.
Cover and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F. Uncover and bake 15 additional minutes.
Here is a Minnesota Hot Dish that seems to have it all: dried potatoes, chicken, cream of mushroom soup and peas! If you want to be daring, add the pimento. What could be more Minnesotan?
1 package Dehydrated Scalloped Idaho Potatoes
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 cup diced, cooked chicken
1 cup cooked peas
1/4 cup chopped pimento (optional)
Garrison Keillor, of A Prairie Home Companion fame opines that "meatloaf is sort of a hot dish" and offers his recipe for meat loaf. Other guest writers offer their Minnesota hot dish recipes as well.
Minnesota Restaurant Reviews: Some restaurants honor these traditions by including versions of the hot dish on their menu.
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