I was DESPERATE tonight for something salty and trashy from my childhood. Yes, tater tot casserole. REALLY trashy and full of everything bad for you. And who the hell said Vegan MoFo had to be healthy anyway? Pffttt!!
BUT of course, I had to try to improve it just a tad right? So here’s what I did: Add a full bag of Daiya cheddar to the veggies along with 2 cups of simple white sauce. Yes, that’s correct, my only improvement was to add more goo ;-P
SnarkyVegan’s Tater Tot Casserole with Daiya® Vegan Cheddar Cheese
This starts with a basic white sauce and then you just dump everything in a casserole and get anal with the arrangement of tater tots. You could probably arrange your tater tots in a decorative pattern but I was in a hurry.
- 2 cups unsweetened plain soy milk
- 3 T. Earth Balance margarine
- 2 T. flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 16-ounce bags of frozen veggies, I used mixed beans, peas, corn and carrots
- 1 bag of tater tots, use only enough to cover the top of the casserole, you may have some left so save them for dipping in BBQ sauce at lunch tomorrow
- 1 bag of Daiya® cheddar cheese
- 4 dollops of Earth Balance margarine
- Over medium-low heat, create a roux in small saucepan with flour and margarine. When light brown and snappy/bubbly, remove from heat and add soy milk slowly while whisking. Take your time, make sure it’s thoroughly whisked and not lumpy.
- Return sauce to medium heat and cook until the sauce thickens. Use a wire whisk constantly as sauce thickens.
- Once thickened to coat a spoon, remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.
- In a 9 x 12 inch casserole, mix the frozen veggies, Daiya and white sauce.
- Scatter the dollops of Earth Balance on top.
- Top with 1 layer of tater tots, side-by-side, end-to-end.
- Bake for 1 hour at 375° F. (My oven runs low so I use 400° F so adjust to suit your oven.)
NOTE: I purposefully did not melt the Daiya in the white sauce before compiling the casserole because I wanted to run into bits of cheesy goodness inside the casserole.
TIP: The darker your roux, the less thick it will be, so they say.
Excuse me while I go get my second serving….
November 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm
Oh my! I’m imagining it with a broccoli-carrot-pearl onion combo… This was not a good link for me to click on right before bed!
September 17, 2012 at 10:12 pm
Where do you find Tater Tots that do not use animal products for flavoring (listed as Natural Flavoring on the package)?
September 17, 2012 at 11:03 pm
Yes, you’re right to be suspicious whenever companies use those generalized categories such as natural flavors. But natural flavors doesn’t always mean animal ingredients. Sometimes it is just salt and pepper. I buy Ore-Ida brand because they do state on their website that their tots are both kosher and vegan. Peta also lists them as vegan.
November 4, 2010 at 9:15 pm
i love recipes like this one :-) this looks just awesome!
November 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm
Seriously, it doesn’t get much easier than dumping things in a casserole and baking. I just gotta make sure I don’t make this type of thing too often ;-P
November 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm
oh my gosh. this sounds amazing. My mouth is watering.
November 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm
This is the type of recipe I used to run far away from as a non-vegan but I am of course interested in as a vegan with the substitutes. Now I want a tater tot.
November 5, 2010 at 2:36 am
You are awesome. Now please send me some! :D
I like dipping my tots in BBQ sauce too. It’s the only way I’ll eat them.
You know… I have everything on hand to make this dish. I just might have to make myself a single serving. If I make an entire pan I’ll be stuck eating it for a week. Not that that would be a bad thing.
November 5, 2010 at 5:06 am
Your casserole looks amazing. :D
We don’t have ‘daiya’ here but I’m sure I could find something similar, definitely going to try this one out! Yummy.
November 5, 2010 at 5:25 am
I’ll take one thousand servings. Thanks.
November 5, 2010 at 6:48 am
OMG! OMG! OMG!
That looks AWESOME!
November 5, 2010 at 10:07 am
Oh man, that looks awesome. Mmm. I miss Daiya cheese. We don’t have it here.
November 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm
I think I’m in love with this dish and I haven’t even tried it. I think I’ll need to scale it down before I make it because I’ve never been able to convince my husband to eat trashy style casseroles and I’m not sure if I could be trusted with an entire 9×12 dish alone…must get more daiya.
November 6, 2010 at 10:54 am
This looks like great comfort food. We don’t have Daiya in the UK, but I see a tot-topped shepherd’s pie in my future! :)
November 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm
Not a Rabbit,
YOU’RE the one with the awesome brownie recipe!!! I am your new biggest fan! You totally nailed the brownie in your veganmofo post! I am honored you commented here and yes, I had the shepherd pie in mind when I was making this casserole. But I still don’t think it would be up to snuff as far as Keith Richards is concerned.
Yeah, it’s really hard to not gorge on this. I should have made a half batch if for no other reason than it would fit into the fridge better.
Before we got Daiya locally, I ordered it in 5 pound bags from Vegan Essentials online. I think it would be best to order this type of thing in the winter so it doesn’t overheat in a truck.
Kelly/Bitt/Lisa Marie/Lauren Marie/Jeni Treehugger,
Thanks and I still have some left if you wanna swing by ;-P
November 6, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Yowzers lady, comfort food at its peak. Yum!
November 12, 2010 at 1:09 pm
OMG, this looks so good!
September 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm
I have made this several times, and it couldn’t possibly be any more delicious. If you serve to non-vegans, be prepared to be called a liar when you tell them it’s vegan.
September 24, 2011 at 10:37 am
I’m glad you like the recipe. It’s highly adaptable. You could throw in all manner of veggies and it would work.
I think the majority of non-vegans seem to think we only eat twigs and leaves. I even had someone ask me once, “can you eat eggplant?”, likely because the ‘egg’ part confused them ;-P
October 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm
I’m making tonight with the addition of Just Like Ground. Yummers!
October 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Susan, How did it turn out with the Just Like Ground? I’m wondering about adding a fake sausage too.
November 21, 2011 at 9:03 am
Man, was I in a mood yesterday & the prospect of coming up with something witty for dinner was baffling until I saw your tater tot casserole. The name of White Trash …etc, made me smile, I’m a gluten free vegan & never suspected tater tots to be gluten free..who knew!
The dish was great, although my hubby said, ” tater tots are an affront to my senses”, oh lighten up Frances, my adult vegan intolerant/ gluten free daughter & I enjoyed it…she’s totally annoyed at our vegan diet wouldn’t try Daiya cheese to save her life…until last night. Ahhh..it did my heart good to sneak in organic mixed veggies, sorghum flour, almond milk & Daiya cheddar cheese under those “affront to one’s senses”, tater tots. This dish made me smile, it was comfort food at it’s best…it rescued me from my moodiness!
December 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Sue Mac, I’m sure it’s not the healthiest dish but what the hell. It hits the spot when you need it. You should also go try my quickie not-chicken n’ dumplings. Did you know the original Bisquick is vegan? Not healthy but vegan nonetheless.
January 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm
I made this tonight and my non-vegan family LOVED it and went back for seconds. So very yummy!!
March 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Ooooooo eeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Making this tonight for sure! Thanks for sharing a happy recipe!
April 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm
So yummy! My fellas favorite dish is the tater tot casserole, so when we changed to the vegan lifestyle it was sad to let go of our favorite foods, but this was so delish! We can enjoy our tots again! Thank you so much. The only thing we did differently was cook the tots a little first so they were extra crispy!
April 17, 2012 at 11:45 am
I made this again last week to use for my work lunches and one thing I’d recommend: don’t eat this every day for 5 days in a row unless you’re also eating lots of greens or otherwise getting more fiber in your diet. Yeah, it will plug you up over the long haul and even 2 cups of coffee won’t help ;-P
April 16, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Are tataer tots vegan?
April 17, 2012 at 11:43 am
Why yes, most of the time. It would depend on the brand I suppose. I haven’t found one that isn’t so far. Just read the label. Of course, they’re not all organic and such so again, gotta read the label.
May 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Made this tonight. Topped half with sweet potato tots. Used broccoli and cauliflower and almond milk rather than soy. My kids loved it!! Two thumbs up. Thank you for a great vegan, kid-friendly recipe!!!
May 14, 2012 at 12:40 am
OOO OOO, I’ve been wanting to try it with sweet potato tots. Glad the kids loved it!
November 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm
Another great comfy ad-lib that lives on the tater tot family tree is Fried Onions. Seriously, if you want to pacify your non-vegans, put these in/atop anything and even everything. Adds so much texture and flavor. I like to add them on top of egg(less) salad open-faced sandwiches, in particular. But, great where you might use croutons, for example, with extra flavor. (Bonus if you can find them without palm oil.)
December 9, 2012 at 8:00 am
I just would like to say that i found this recipe on a whim because i was participating in a casserole-off (competition for the best casserole) and i came in SECOND PLACE. BOOM! it was the ONLY vegan dish — the only vegetarian dish at that. every other dish had meat. people came up to me and stated that they were hesitant to tell me but they loved it. it probably could have come in first…
PS — i added Hot Sauce (and would have added jalepenos if i prepared) and it made it SO GOOD. if you like the spice – DO IT.
December 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm
Wow! That’s totally groovy news! I’m so thrilled the recipe worked so well for you. If you can remember, I’d love to know which hot sauce you added and how you incorporated it. Did you mix it with the sauce or just sprinkle it about? I recently bought some hot stuff and am having fun trying it in everything.
January 20, 2013 at 11:12 am
i used about 2 tablespoons of RED HOT just thrown about — you know with that stuff it just depends how hot you like it… it really doesn’t make it too spicy, just gives it that extra flavor… last night i made it again and added sriracha sauce and just did a zig zag across the top – it got devoured!!!! and i mean every last bit was taken – by people that swear against vegan…
January 20, 2013 at 11:13 am
oh wait — if this matters — i scattered the hot sauce UNDER the tater tot layer…
January 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm
It never occurred to me to add hot sauce. Now I gotta do this again soon! Thanks!
January 17, 2013 at 11:15 am
June 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm
This was soooo… good! Maybe a bit too good… 0.o
November 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm
I’ve been wanting to veganize the tater tot casserole of my childhood for decades now, and this wonderful recipe just about gets me there. To make it like my mom’s, I subbed half the frozen veggies with about 16 oz of cooked/browned/seasoned TVP. Sooo good on a cold Sunday night!! Than you.
December 23, 2018 at 8:47 pm
I just tried this out tonight for our” family Sunday meal” since the daughter is home from college for holiday break and it was a resounding hit!!! 5 in our family: 2 vegan, 1 vegetarian, 2 flexitarian. Everyone loved it and went back for seconds & told me to make sure I make it again very soon! Putting this into my rotation of “great Sunday dinners”! thanks!