thanksgiving tater tots with dijon gravy

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Sometimes things are missing.

Not in a lose-your-car-keys kind of missing, but more of, maybe they-should-have-included-that type of missing. For instance, instead of saying Forever 21, maybe the store should read: Forever ‘Under’ 21. I’ve seen a few ladies my age strolling around in Miley Cyrus attire and it just ain’t working, honey. Twerk elsewhere.

thanksgiving tater tots with dijon gravy www.climbinggriermountain.com

So, besides classy fashion sense, which in a few ladies seems to be missing, Thanksgiving dinner also seems to be missing a classy dish. Okay, can I just say for the record that the Thanksgiving dinner held somewhere between Pilgrims’ Place and Wig-Wam Town must have been a bit awkward. You have some people clothed and some people not-so-fully clothed.  Do you think the conversation started with, “Hey, nice pecs!  Do you do crossfit?

Shoot. All this pec talk and I forgot what I was talking about. Oh, yes, the missing dish!

thanksgiving tater tots with dijon gravy www.climbinggriermountain.com

Besides turkey, green beans, potatoes, and pie, I really think tater tots were missing from the original Thanksgiving feast. I mean, who wouldn’t want to celebrate the getting along of two cultures over some golden, delicious tots? But not just any tots. These beauties are baked with gooey cheese and topped with turkey, carrots, and celery. And then drizzled with finger licking good Dijon gravy.

Move over cornucopia, it’s a “Tots-Giving” world now.

thanksgiving tater tots with dijon gravy www.climbinggriermountain.com

Thanksgiving Tater Tots with Dijon Gravy

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 bag of your favorite frozen tater tots (*I use Alexia)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 large carrot, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 small celery stalks, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
salt and pepper

for the Dijon gravy:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
salt and pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place frozen tater tots on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, sprinkle cheese, ground turkey, and carrot/celery mixture on top. Bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and pour Dijon gravy over top!

Preheat a skillet to medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive to the pan. Add the ground the turkey along with poultry seasoning and a little dash of salt and pepper. Cook turkey for about 5 minutes and remove from pan and onto a plate. In the same skillet, add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add carrot, celery, garlic, and onion to skillet. Saute vegetables for about 8 minutes. Remove from and set aside.

for the Dijon gravy:
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add the flour, whisking for a minute until you cook out that raw flour taste. Next, pour in the chicken stock. Continue to whisk for another couple of minutes or until the gravy has thickened. Add Dijon and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

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52 Responses to “thanksgiving tater tots with dijon gravy”

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    Carrian — November 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I really don’t know if there is anything better than this! It looks amazing!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:17 am

      Thanks, Carrian!! xoxo

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    Tieghan — November 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Amazing Lauren!! You are the official tater tot queen!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:17 am

      Why, thank you, Tieghan!

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    Heather — November 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I’m speechless. These look so amazing, and SO inventive!!! I’m dying over the gravy – that could probably go on my breakfast cereal and taste amazing!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:18 am

      Thank you, Heather!

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    Erika — November 13, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    GURRLLLLL!! Get outta here.. that is just genius..

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:19 am

      #fistpump. Thanks, Erika!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Tots with gravy!? Agh, my mind is officially blown. So creative Lauren! And totally agree with the Forever 21 statement. I’ve given up trying to find stuff at that store…its too overwhelming.

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:20 am

      LOL! Thanks, Laura!

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    cindy — November 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Thanksgiving AND tots…I mean, that’s true love.

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:22 am

      It happened so fast. Dang Vegas:) Thanks, Cindy!

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    Shanna@ pineapple and coconut — November 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    #tots4life

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:22 am

      #amen

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    Susan — November 13, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I love this idea! I have a huge weakness for tots and I can even see this as a great dish for Thanksgiving leftovers!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:23 am

      Yay! It’s definitely a new fav for leftovers! Thanks, Susan!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Do you do crossfit? I’d like to see the ancient crossfit ways – they probably ran with tree stumps and threw boulders like kettle balls. And they DEF missed out on the glory of tots around the table. That’s for SURE!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:24 am

      DUDE, I would gladly throw a tree stump if I knew I could eat a bazillion tots!!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — November 13, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    This would totally class up a Thanksgiving table…along with wearing clothes. That’s generally a requirement in our family.

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:27 am

      Ha! Us too. Thanks, Courtney!

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    Dan Polley (@polleydan) — November 13, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Yes. So much yes!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:29 am

      Thanks, Dan!

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    Carla | Carla's Confections — November 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    OMGoodness I need these in my life!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:30 am

      Yessssss you dewwww!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    The tots are back!!! I think we should all have a TOT Thanksgiving.

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:30 am

      Amen! Tots-giving in Utah? Let’s do it!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — November 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    These look fabulous

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:33 am

      Thank you, Diane!

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — November 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Dijon gravy needs to be a thing.. like, always. Amazing!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:33 am

      Agreed. Thanks, Christine!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — November 13, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    You are a Turkey Day genius. I like the way you think. Heck yes, T-Day should include tots. Love this recipe. Pinned.

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 4:33 am

      LOL! Thanks, Jennie!

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    Joanne — November 14, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I feel kind of underdressed for these tots right now. THAT’S HOW CLASSY THEY ARE. Just saying.

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    Julia — November 14, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Wow these look awesome!! During this whole pregnancy I crave tater tots, fries..pretty much any carbs so these would be perfect! ;)

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Julia! :)

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    Tracey — November 14, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Can I just tell you how long it’s been since I’ve had a tater tot? With each new recipe you post I keep craving them more and more. I need to get on it, stat!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

      You gotta’ get on the tot bandwagon! Trust me, once you tot, you never go back!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — November 14, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Thanksgiving tater tots. Genius. For reals.

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

      Thanks, Steph!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Can I get a hell-freaking-yes on this?!

    • Lauren replied: — November 14th, 2013 @ 2:47 pm

      “HELL-FREAKING-YES”!! #yourock

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — November 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    For real OMG.

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    Cassie — November 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I for SURE think tots are missing from Thanksgiving. Now this is all I want!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — November 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    this is probably the most brilliant way to have potatoes on thanksgiving day!! absolutely LOVE this idea!!

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    meg — November 15, 2013 at 4:12 am

    shut up! I am freaking out – tater tots at Thanksgiving? With gravy??? OMG I AM SO EXCITED. This is genius.

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    Des — November 15, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I cannot even handle this right now. Like at all.

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    Diane Cooper — November 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Maybe it’s the Canadian in me, but that recipe reads as some kind of new type POUTINE!!! Bring it on eh? ;)
    Diane

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — December 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Thanksgiving TOTS? I’m in love! This is so smart!

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