I am proud to have been raised in North Dakota and Minnesota. I loved my Midwest upbringing. We were raised on country air, Lutheran church pot lucks and hot dish. I feel sorry for folks who are not familiar with the deliciousness of hot dishes and the versatility of cream of chicken soup. We were raised that as long as there are cans of stuff in the pantry, you have the fixings for a hearty meal. You just need to mix it all together, use some cream of chicken soup or cheese as a bonding agent, and you are ready to feast.

Susan and I could talk for hours about our love of tot dish. This is one of my families all time favorites. Here is a very simple recipe for a treat that has delighted my relatives for decades.

Brown one pound of ground meat, beef, chicken or turkey
Add one can each of cream of chicken soup and cream style corn
Mix together and pour into a 9×13 pan
Cover the top with rows of tater tots, I like to line mine up like soldiers
Bake uncovered in oven at 350 for 45 minutes…BAM