One Skillet French Onion Tater Tot Casserole.
This simple one skillet French Onion Tater Tot Casserole is the perfect pantry staple recipe to make any time of year. It’s a cross between french onion soup and a classic midwest style tater tot casserole. Slowly caramelized onions, white wine, vegetables, and beef or chicken…all cooked together in one skillet. Then topped off with plenty of cheese, tater tots, and fresh herbs. Simply toss the skillet in the oven to create the perfect cheesy, one skillet dinner. There’s nothing not to love. This dish is easy, takes just about an hour to make, is cheesy, heavy on the potatoes, and all-around delicious!
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey, chicken, or beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped (or 16 ounces mixed frozen vegetables)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried thyme)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour blend
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper using more or less to your taste
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 pounds frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • fresh chives, for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large oven safe skillet, melt the butter, olive oil, and onions together. Cook, stirring occasionally until softened, about 5 minutes. At this point, you want to slowly add ½ cup of the wine, ¼ cup at a time, until the wine cooks into the onions. Continue to cook another 8-10 minutes until you've used the ½ cup of wine and the onions are deeply caramelized. Push the onions to the side of the pan and stir in the meat, bell pepper, garlic, thyme, parsley, cayenne, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat as it cooks, another 5 minutes until the meat is browned. Stir in the flour and cook another minute. Add the remaining ½ cup wine, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle the Gruyere cheese overtop the meat. Arrange the tater tots on top of the cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake 20 minutes, until the tots are golden. Sprinkle the cheddar over the tater tots, return to the oven. Bake another 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve topped as desired with fresh thyme and chives.
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