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My Wisconsin Heritage Meal – The Sweet Potato Tot Casserole

02.17.17

We’re taking Wisconsin comfort food and elevating it to the next level with this Sweet Potato Tot Casserole complete with homemade vegan cream of mushroom soup.

a delicious sweet potato tot casserole recipe. The perfect comfort food recipe. | Modish and Main

I have always said, if I was on death row & had to choose my final meal it would be my Mom’s tater tot casserole. That’s a serious commitment right there that I’d want my final bites to be something as simple as a tater tot casserole, but I have loved this recipe since I was a little kid.

I’ve made my Mom’s version of this recipe for some of my California friends & family and they immediately give a slight chuckle when I tell them what I’m making because it fits the Wisconsin stereotype that we love our meat and potatoes. Well … we do. That and beer, along with cheese curds. Hey, we aren’t complicated creatures! I think it comes down to the word “casserole,” they don’t seem to use it out here on the West Coast. Boy are they missing out!

a delicious sweet potato tot casserole recipe. The perfect comfort food recipe. | Modish and Main

a delicious sweet potato tot casserole recipe. The perfect comfort food recipe. | Modish and Main

Ever since I went dairy free almost 2 years ago, I haven’t eaten my Mom’s tater tot casserole because it calls for cream of mushroom soup. I may have even begged her to not make it when I’m visiting back home because I didn’t want to be tempted. It wasn’t until I teamed up with Wayfair for their Heritage Meals campaign that it finally got me to figure out how I can make this recipe to fit my dietary lifestyle.

Heritage Meals with Wayfair

I did some research and landed upon Hot For Food’s vegan cream of mushroom soup.  It takes a bit more time than just opening up a can of soup, but I tell you what, the flavor is SO MUCH better and well worth the manual labor. I really wanted to elevate the tater tot casserole and I decided to not only make my own cream of mushroom soup, but I decided to switch out the basic tots for a sweet potato version.

How to make vegan cream of mushroom for a delicious sweet potato tot casserole recipe. The perfect comfort food recipe. | Modish and Main

How to make vegan cream of mushroom for a delicious sweet potato tot casserole recipe. The perfect comfort food recipe. | Modish and Main

Guys … I might have struck gold!

The sweet potato tot casserole starts with seasoned ground beef on the bottom, followed by a layer of sweet corn niblets, a few layers of sweet potato tots and a heavy drizzle of the vegan cream of mushroom soup. Once baked and served fresh from the oven, it’s absolutely delicious. Sorry Mom, but it might be even better than I remember it.

The Sweet Potato Tot Casserole

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Taking Wisconsin comfort food of meat and potatoes and elevating it to the next level with this Sweet Potato Tot Casserole made with homemade, dairy free cream of mushroom soup.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 can sweet corn niblets (drained)
  • 1 package sweet potatoes tots
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade vegan cream of mushroom soup
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by following the directions to make the vegan cream of mushroom soup.
  2. *note - rather than it taking 20 minutes to reduce as suggested in the recipe, it took closer to 40 minutes for it to thicken up.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Once the soup is simmering, start by browning the ground beef. Season with salt and pepper and drain any residual fat left in the pan.
  5. Spoon into the bottom of your casserole dish.
  6. Place the can of sweet corn niblets over the ground beef followed by the entire package of sweet potato tots.
  7. Once the soup has thickened up to your liking, spoon over the casserole.
  8. Place lid on the dish and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, test to see if it's cooked all the way through.
  10. Serve promptly.
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a delicious sweet potato tot casserole recipe. The perfect comfort food recipe. | Modish and Main

a delicious sweet potato tot casserole recipe. The perfect comfort food recipe. | Modish and Main

With our weekend plans being covered by constant rain showers, this will make the perfect comfort food day after day as I binge watch my Netflix and Amazon Prime shows. Oh and this new version of the tater tot casserole pairs nicely with a white wine (how very west coast of me).

Keep Living a Stylized Life. 

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