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Are you looking for a hot breakfast dish that needs almost no prep? My Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole recipe is perfect: easy and delicious!
There’s nothing better in the morning than tossing some ingredients into a baking dish (with almost zero prep!), sticking it in the oven, and sitting down to a delicious hot breakfast 45 minutes later.
I made this dish yesterday morning. We had a snow day here in Brooklyn, and I knew that everybody would be getting up and coming downstairs at random times. Since this casserole reheats so well in the microwave, it was a perfect solution for our disjointed breakfast: I made it at seven when I got up, and then when the kids each came downstairs later I didn’t have to stop what I was doing and feed them. I just pointed them to the microwave.
This recipe is so simple I can’t believe I have to write it down, but I only started making it a couple of years ago, so maybe other people don’t know about the magic of a tater tot casserole. See, potatoes make EVERYTHING better, and potatoes that don’t need peeling or cutting are the absolute best when you want to throw something together fast. And once they’re baked into the casserole, they don’t even look like tater tots, in case you’re trying to fool somebody who thinks they’re too good for the tot.
Now, the tater tot breakfast casserole recipe I’m listing below can be a complete recipe (this is exactly how I like it), or you can use it as a jumping-off point and add your favorite meat, meat substitute, or vegetables. My super-picky son even likes it (although he’d prefer I left out the scallions).
He said the name turns him off though, because he doesn’t like how “casserole” sounds. He said I should call it “breakfast salad” which is even weirder because he doesn’t eat salad. But whatever, he eats it!
This recipe can also be doubled very easily, just put it in a 13x9x2 pan instead of a smaller dish. Round or square doesn’t matter, as long as you give it room to puff up a bit.
I almost always use pre-shredded cheese for this, and once or twice when I didn’t have scallions I used a teaspoon of dried chives instead. Definitely not as good as fresh scallions, but it does cut out the ONLY thing you need to wash and slice for the entire recipe, so if you really want to make this super-duper easy, go for the dried chives.