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Green Bean Casserole with a Twist

By: Amanda Magnus

First of all, green bean casserole is one of my favorites but I rarely make it. Maybe it’s because it’s a side dish and when I’m planning meals for the week I like to keep things simple and just do roasted veggies as a side as opposed to making a casserole.

If you remember my last blog post where I discussed favorite holiday recipes, I talked about green bean casserole. I had the idea while writing that post to top the casserole with tater tots instead of the fried onions the recipe usually calls for. Well, as I continued to think about this, I thought why not turn this side dish into a main dish by adding some shredded chicken too!

Now keep in mind, I had no idea how this was going to turn out. This was all just something I came up with because you can’t go wrong with tots, and chicken can’t hurt either. So here is what you’ll need:

1 lb chicken breasts cooked and shredded

2 cans green beans

2 cans cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup

3/4 cup milk

2 cloves minced garlic

Salt and Pepper to taste

Tater Tots

Shredded cheese for topping

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×13 pan or other large baking dish you may have. Mix all of your ingredients together except for the tater tots and the shredded cheese. Spread the mixture into your baking dish and top with a layer of tater tots.


Before it was topped with the tots.

I did sprinkle some of this Wildtree California Style Garlic Pepper Blend on top of the tots. You could pick some other favorite seasoning if you don’t have this one.

Bake for 50 minutes and take out. Top with some shredded cheese and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 

Usually I would say, “All that’s left to do is enjoy!” However, this has created quite the debate on the terminology of this dish. I would normally call it a hot dish, my husband would call it a casserole. So as you can see from the picture of my text conversation with my husband below I then called it a tot dish which is what Kristen referred to her dish as in her most recent post here

So now we are left with the great debate of hot dish, tot dish or casserole. What do you think? Also, let us know how this turns out if you give it a try!


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