Friday, October 18, 2013

Potato Tot Casserole

The story of Lea & Perrins® popular Worcestershire Sauce begins in the early 1800s, in the county of Worcester. Returning home from his travels in Bengal, Lord Sandys, a nobleman was eager to duplicate a recipe he'd acquired. On Lord Sandys' request, two chemists, John Lea and William Perrins, made the first batch of the sauce.

Lea and Perrins were not impressed with their initial results. The pair found the taste to be unpalatable, and left the jars in their cellar to collect dust. Years later, they stumbled across them and decided to taste the contents again. To their delight, the aging process had turned it into a delicious, savory sauce.

Soon Mr. Lea and Mr. Perrins began bottling their special blend of vinegars and seasonings. Without any kind of advertising, in few short years, it was known and coveted in kitchens throughout Europe.

1839, John Duncan, a New York entrepreneur, ordered a small quantity of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. In a few short years Duncan was importing large shipments to keep up with demand. Lea & Perrins was the only commercially bottled condiment in the U.S., and Americans loved it right away. Almost 170 years later, Lea & Perrins sauce remains a favorite in households across the U.S.
Research Source: Lea & Perrins

Everybody loves casseroles, and casseroles are pure comfort.

Potato Tot Casserole
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1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (10.5 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup water
1 pound bag tater tots, frozen
cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a skillet over medium heat, add ground beef, onions, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder, crumble meat as it cooks, and cook until no longer pink. Drain grease.

Lightly grease 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place meat in the bottom of baking dish.

In a small bowl, whisk cream of mushroom soup and water, pour over meat. Top with frozen tater tots in an even layer. Place in oven, and cook for 20 minutes. Sprinkle cheese and place back in oven, until cheese is melted. Enjoy!


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