Too Easy Hot Dish Recipe

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Too Easy Hot Dish

Avery Davis-Fletcher


I cannot take credit for this recipe, but I have made it many, many times. It is always a HUGE hit. ...and it IS too easy! I love to read, and a favorite "Murder Lite" author is Joanne Fluke. This recipe appeared in her book APPLE TURNOVER MURDER. As stated in the recipe, you can use any meat you have on hand. I have used ground chicken, ground turkey, ground beef, ground pork, and even ground sausage. I use a lot of spices in mine because my family likes spicy foods (not necessarily hot, spicy) I have also used more cheese than the recipe calls for (up to 1/4 cup). I usually top it with Parmesan Cheese before baking.

Ms Fluke publishes many, many good and fun recipes in her books, and the characters become good friends.

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4-6 depending on size


10 Min


40 Min


1-1/2 lb
uncooked, lean ground meat (you can use hamburger, pork, chicken, turkey, lean sausage, or venison - any ground meat will do.) (you can also used leftover meat cut in small pieces.)
2 can(s)
cream of anything soup (i like cream of mushroom the best.)
1 lb
package frozen potato nuggets (i have also used french fries cut into pieces and hash browns. they worked equally well for me.)
1 c
shredded cheese (again, i have used several different cheeses, and i sometimes mix the cheeses in the same dish)

Directions Step-By-Step

Spray a 9 inch x 13 inch cake pan with non-stick cooking spray. (I have also just lightly greased my pan with cooking oil or shortening.)
Put the meat in the bottom of the pan; spread it out as evenly as you can. Spread it out with your hands or the back of a spatula.
Add the two cans of cream of anything soup on top of the meat. Spread the soup evenly. (Use the soup fully condensed; DO NOT DILUTE.)
Put the frozen potatoes on top of the soup in a single layer and spread out evenly.
Spread cheese evenly over the potatoes.
Place, uncovered in a 400 degrees F. oven. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, or until the potatoes on top are browned and crispy. (If you use a glass pan, it may bake a little faster.)
NOTE: I season the meat before I add it, and I season my potatoes before adding them. I don't usually add much salt, but I do add a little to the meat and potatoes. We like LOTS of garlic, so I add garlic and onions to the meat.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy