Ok, I know it’s May. Time for lighter food. But the other day in Seattle it looked like November so I made this tummy warming comforting casserole. I was going to wait and share it later on in the fall when the rains start and the temperatures drop. That is, until I took to Facebook asking if people would like me to wait or share it now. Every person that responded said they wanted it now. So here you go. A scrumptious, stick to your ribs andouille sausage and rainbow chard tater tot casserole fit for a fall day but just as good on a spring one.
I know I can’t be the only person who craves certain things on hot days and other things on cold days. When the sun is shining and temperatures are rising I want something light. Something like a salad. Or grilled shrimp tacos. Or guacamole.
And a Corona. Always a Corona.
When it is cold it’s a different story. I want mashed potatoes. I want gravy. I want fried chicken and green beans. That is why spring is a difficult time for me. Take Monday for instance, it was so dark I had to turn on the light at 1:30 in the afternoon. Then it started raining sideways. Then by 6:00 the sky was blue and the sun was out. But by then it was too late, I had been trying to get warm and cozy all day and this tummy warming dinner was already in the oven.
Not that I regret it though. I mean this casserole is good. Stick to your ribs good. And there are tater tots on top. Really, it can’t get much better.
fishmanNovember 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm
here’s my idea – shepards pie with tater tots but add some pepperjack cheese. greg in oregon where cold weather inspires creative cooking.
DesereeNovember 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm
That sounds delicious Greg!
Linda C BlandAugust 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm
I substituted the chard for chopped spinach and rainbow bell peppers.
Absolutely fabulous. You can also substitute the beef broth for chicken broth, and the sausage for Turkey Kielbasa. It’s hearty no matter what you use. You can also use a good Chili Con Carney in place of the sausage. Enjoy
Shirley CrabtreeAugust 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm
What is andouille sausage? Is that the same as Summer Sausage?
DesereeAugust 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Hi Shirley- Andouille sausage is a cajun smoked sausage so it’s got a bit of a kick to it. If you can’t find it I’d substitute kielbasa which would be a different flavor but equally as good in this dish.
TeenaJuly 16, 2013 at 9:38 am
wikipedia (dot) org/wiki/Tater_Tots
TeenaJuly 16, 2013 at 9:36 am
Nissa you can find info and picutres about “Tater Tots” on wikipedia.
NISSAJuly 16, 2013 at 5:17 am
WHAT IS TATER TOTS
ShirleyJuly 15, 2013 at 11:39 am
Haven’t tried it but I will – sounds great for camping potluck meals
AlyMay 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm
I think my husband would love this, strictly because of the tater tots. Haven’t we been having odd weather this week? I’m hoping it stays dry for the next day and a half because we are moving.
LindaMay 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm
Ha! I could eat this in Aug. Thanks for a great recipe.