Calories Shmalories {Pinterest Recipe Experiments}

As you may or may not already know, Friday was Slade's birthday. And, what do you do on birthdays? You throw calorie intake out the window, and you feast. You eat whatever the heck you want to eat.

That is how Slade and I ended up grubbing on Cracked Out Tater Tot Casserole, followed by Bacon and Beer Cake for dessert. I had a couple of people on Facebook and Instagram ask me for the recipes, so here we go!

The original recipe for this dreamy dish can be found over at Plain Chicken. I modified it a bit, by opting out of adding chicken, and adding real bacon instead of "bacon pieces." You will need:

//One 2 pound bag of frozen tater tots
//2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
//1 packet of Ranch dressing mix
//1 can of Cream of Chicken soup
//1 package of bacon, cooked and chopped
//16 ounces of sour cream

After you cook and chop your bacon, mix it, the cheese, Ranch dressing mix, Cream of Chicken soup, and sour cream together in a large bowl. Add the tater tots to the mixture and make sure they are all evenly coated. Dump it all into a greased pan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. If you love tater tots, this is for you. Plus...who doesn't LOVE ranch? The casserole is very rich and heavy, but also delicious and indulgent.

Beer and bacon are two of Slade's favorite things, so this recipe from Brit + Co swiftly put a halt to my birthday cake scavenger hunt. I also altered this one, by choosing to make a cake instead of cupcakes, and taking a lazier route to making the icing. Here's what I used:

//1 box of butter yellow cake mix
//1 bottle of beer of your choice (I used Michelob Ultra)
//1 container of vanilla frosting
//6 slices of bacon, candied 
//2 eggs

The first thing you're going to want to do is prepare your bacon. Lay the slices out on a sheet pan, sprinkle some brown sugar over the top, and bake at 350 degrees until it's good and crispy. Next, prep your cake mix by adding the eggs, and about 3/4 of the bottle of beer. Pour it into a greased pan and pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees, or until it turns that nice golden brown color. Scrape the icing into a bowl, and stir in the remainder of the bottle of beer until it's nice and creamy. Once your cake is cool, add the frosting, chop up your bacon, sprinkle it over the top, and enjoy. Honestly, this was SO good. The beer made the cake nice and fluffy. Plus, candied bacon? Can you really go wrong there?

These recipes were highly approved by both Slade and I. He loved both dishes, and I loved how easy they were to prepare. We were both certainly very full afterwards, but it was nice to enjoy his birthday treat!

Have you tried any super indulgent recipes recently? Would you try beer and bacon cake?
Kay R. said...

Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Mallory Layfield said...

Oh my lord that tater tot casserole looks AMAZING!

Kristen from Pugs & Pearls said...

My mouth is watering....!!

StephTheBookworm said...

Totally saving this because I NEED to make that tater tot casserole. Thanks for sharing!

Kerry Crystal said...

I'm going to give this tator tot recipe to my daughter! She will love it! -Crystal

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