TATER TOT PIZZA CASSEROLE

Pizza and tater tots. You can’t really go wrong.

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Author: Des | Oh Sweet Basil

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage (mild or hot)

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced

  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 cup diced pepperoni

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 50 – 60 tater tots

  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

  • 10 – 15 slices pepperoni

  • chopped parsley for garnish,

DIRECTIONS:

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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Cook sausage in a 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium heat.

  3. Cook until browned. Drain to remove any excess pan drippings but reserve 1 tablespoon of pan drippings.

  4. Return reserved pan drippings to skillet.

  5. Add in onions, green pepper, mushrooms, garlic and pepperoni.

  6. Cook 3 – 4 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften.

  7. Stir in tomato sauce, basil and oregano.

  8. Stir to coat vegetables.

  9. Remove from heat.

  10. Place tater tots in a single layer on top of casserole.

  11. Bake casserole in preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes or just until the tater tots start to brown and crisp.

  12. Remove casserole from oven, spread mozzarella over the top.

  13. Lay pepperoni slices on top.

  14. Return to oven and bake for 2 – 3 more minutes or until cheese melts.

  15. If you want it a little more crisp, broil for 1 – 2 minutes.

  16. Remove from oven, sprinkle with parsley. Serve.

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