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Curried Tater Tot Casserole

I know, I know, it’s summer and no one wants to turn their oven on to make dinner, but hear me out, ok? This casserole is worth it, so crank up your A/C and make this tonight!
Curried Tater Tot Casserole

Casseroles have always been one of my favorite kinds of dinners, both to make and to eat. In my pre-vegan days, I made and ate a lot of casseroles; Tuna Noodle Casserole, Chicken Spaghetti Casserole, Taco Bake, and my all time favorite, Tater Tot Casserole. Yum, yum, YUM!

After changing how I eat and following a plant-based diet, I thought I would have to say good-bye to my beloved casseroles forever. I searched recipes for veganized versions and either a)there wasn’t one, or b)there were multiple steps, such as making your own vegan cream of whatever soup. Well, to me, that defeats the purpose of a casserole! They’re supposed to be quick and easy, not a 2 day process!

Curried Tater Tot Casserole

I didn’t give up on my search however and made finding a quick, easy, vegan version of Tator Tot Casserole my top priority. I can not tell you how happy I was when I found Mama Pea’s Curried Sweet Tater Tots Casserole recipe! Yes, there are a few extra steps from the original meat-filled casserole I used to love, but SO much simpler than any other I had found. I made some very minor adjustments to the recipe and this has become a family favorite. I love to eat mine with ketchup.

Omnivore husband and kids approved!

Curried Tater Tot Casserole

I haven’t given up on the other casseroles yet, my search for the perfect vegan versions will go on!

Curried Tater Tot Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • One 8 oz. package of tempeh
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen vegetables
  • One 20 oz. package Tater Tots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet coated with a small amount of oil, sauté onion, carrots and celery over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Grate in tempeh and add salt.
  4. Sauté for an additional 3-4 minutes, until the tempeh starts to brown.
  5. Add ginger, cumin, curry and flour and stir until evenly coated. Cook for an additional minute.
  6. Pour in vegetable broth and heat until mixture has thickened.
  7. Add veggies and sugar, heat through.
  8. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  9. Spread mixture evenly throughout dish. Top casserole with tater tots.
  10. Bake casserole for 45-55 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and tots are golden brown.

Notes

Adapted very slightly from: Curried Sweet Potato Casserole by Peas and Thank You

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What’s your favorite kind of casserole? 

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Annie July 12, 2013, 8:31 am

    Oh my did I love Tater Tots! And the curry in here is perfect.

    Casseroles are fantastic for leftovers, probably why I love them so much.

    • Anna July 12, 2013, 9:52 am

      I know, I love tater tots too! I think Napoleon Dynamite is my kindred spirit, I’d love keep tots in my pocket too!

      All the times I’ve made this dinner, there’s never been any leftovers!

  • Hannah July 13, 2013, 10:45 am

    This is just ridiculously awesome. Tater tots have never been a part of my life, even as a child, but now I think it’s about time I start considering them. I might want to save it for colder months, but this casserole looks like pure comfort food!

    • Anna July 13, 2013, 4:21 pm

      It is definitely comfort food! Hope you try it Hannah, it’s really good!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies July 17, 2013, 10:41 pm

    Ooh, I love this! My mom used to always make tater tot casserole and I have so many warm & fuzzy memories of it. I have a feeling your version is much healthier, though. :)

  • Remya July 18, 2013, 8:12 am

    Wonderful preparation. A healthy vegan dish :)

    • Anna July 18, 2013, 10:21 am

      Thank you very much! It’s one of my favorites for sure.

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