Skillet Tater Tot Casserole

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This Skillet Tater Tot Casserole Recipe is the ultimate in comfort food, full of yummy ingredients like ground beef, creamy mushrooms, chicken broth, tater tots and smoked paprika. The best part about this casserole recipe is that it's made in one skillet, so that means less kitchen clean up when you are done. You can start by browning the ground beef, to making the creamy sauce and then crisping up the tater tots all in just one skillet. You will need an oven-safe skillet or cast iron frying pan to finish off the tater tot casserole and crisp up the tater tots. This is a casserole recipe the whole family will love, especially the kids. You can serve this tasty casserole idea with a nice side of broccoli for the perfect meal. What's nice about this casserole recipe idea is that rather than use a premade mushroom condensed soup, a homemade mushroom creamy sauce is made with loads of mushrooms, gluten-free or all-purpose flour, shallots, chicken broth and milk, along with other ingredients. This creamy mushroom sauce is flavorful and ties the recipe together nicely.

When it comes to making ground beef casserole recipes, it's always a good idea to get ground beef that comes from happy cows. Free range grass fed beef ensures that the cows are not fed with corn or soy based diet. Free range beef is beef that has been raised on grass pasture. The cows have a diet full of nutrient-rich grasses and pasture forage. Hopefully, the cows have been able to get plenty of outdoor time to graze and get some fresh air. When you eat beef that comes from happy cows, you can feel better about what you eat. What a lot of people don't realize is that what a cow eats can have a major effect on the nutrient composition of the beef. This is evident when it comes to the fatty acid composition of beef. Grass-fed beef usually contains less total fat than grain-fed beef, which means that gram for gram, grass-fed beef contains fewer calories.

Nutrition Facts for: Skillet Tater Tot Casserole from Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients: Ground beef, salt, pepper, butter, mushrooms, shallot, garlic cloves, all-purpose flour, chicken broth, milk

soy sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, paprika tater tots.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 808, Calories from Fat 335, Total Fat 37.2g 57%, Saturated Fat 13.2g 66%, Cholesterol 129mg 43%, Sodium 2408mg 100%, Potassium 1408mg 40%, Carbohydrates 75.8g 25%, Dietary Fiber 6.2g 25%, Sugars 6.5g, Protein 45.0g, Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 28%, Calcium 12%, Iron 134%

The smoked paprika is the secret ingredient in the sauce recipe; it makes all the difference. To make smoked paprika, first sweet peppers are smoked and then they are dried to produce a distinctive smoky and sweet flavor. Smoked paprika can be sprinkled on fish, chicken, pork, potatoes, and rice for vibrant color and taste. You can also sprinkle or rub smoked paprika over fish or chicken before cooking. Smoked paprika can be added in small amounts to soups, sauces, and stews. For a deep, smoky paprika flavour sprinkle on deviled eggs and spiced nuts. Thank you to Kristin at the "Iowa Girl Eats" recipe site for sharing this casserole recipe for skillet tater tot casserole. On this recipe site, you will find a wide variety of recipe ideas from gluten free, light and healthy, crock pot, main dish, side dish, snack recipes and so much more. You'll also find healthy casserole recipes, easy casseroles, and plenty other recipe ideas to try. *

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