Humor: Cooking With the Duggars

Humor: Cooking With the Duggars October 8, 2016

cookingwiththeduggarsSome brave soul decided to try to cook some of the Duggar family’s favorite recipes from their website and books and posted the results for everyone to enjoy at Cafe Moms The Stir. The results are hilarious!

The Duggars have no recipes for any vegetables other than pickles online, so I steamed some green beans. They are also big fans of Olive Garden breadsticks, so I made some frozen breadsticks to go along with the meal. The casserole is so not attractive, which may be why my daughter basically refused to eat it, other than to try it. She said, I thought it could do without the soup because it made the tater tots soggy and that’s just sad.

My middle kid (age 13) finished his dinner and gave this review:

It was food. It was pretty good, I guess. 

When I asked if he would eat it again, his response was:

Do I have a choice? 

Okay then!

My college kid, my most verbose critic of the crew, had this to say:

“Do you know the first Transformers movie? It’s sort of big and loud and just there, and it’s not a bad movie. I mean, you probably wouldn’t turn it off if you were sitting on the sofa and it came on, but it, like, doesn’t have a lot going on up there — it’s not a very smart movie. This casserole is like the Transformers movie. It’s okay, it’s not the greatest movie ever, but it’s not offensive. This casserole isn’t offensive. “

Have you ever tried any of their recipes?


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  • persephone

    I love her kids. They’re awesome.

  • Nea

    Look at all those cans and boxes! The Duggars have got to have high blood pressure with all that sodium and all those preservatives in their meals. Just a single serving of the the tater tot casserole is probably a week’s recommended salt intake.

  • RetroPam

    I’ll happily share some of my potato casserole recipes with them.

  • Mel

    No, I have not tried any of their recipes and was a tad perturbed when Jill shared one of the Dillard’s family recipes. The recipe was Spaghetti Pie taken from the standard Betty Crocker Cookbook which is the “basic” cookbook people in my family receive when they move out.

    I know it’s a cash thing, but crap, if you are refusing to actually educate your children for a career, you should be at least teaching them how to cook.

  • RetroPam

    Oh, God, I have, and love, the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book.

  • Nea

    What’s heartbreaking is that the Duggars think they ARE teaching their daughters to cook. The thing is, there’s a difference between, say, layering processed foods into unhealthy cassaroles vs learning how to roast a chicken and then make stock from the bones.

  • RetroPam

    Oh, my goodness, out of curiosity I actually ordered online a Christian homeschooling home economics course. On the plus side, it was put together by peace-loving Mennonites who don’t think it’s their job to subjugate the world.

    On the down side, a lot of it was casseroles and other recipes made from pre-packaged processed foods. Home Ec for the modern two-income family, I suppose.

    Homestead Blessings DVD series by The West Ladies. Now they know how to do it from scratch. Too bad most CPM families don’t have a plot of land like theirs that you can see from low earth orbit.

    Stock from bones, baby. That’s how it’s done. And this grandma’s a left-wing radical. 😉

  • A. Noyd

    I’ve had the casserole before at a Mormon friend’s house. It’s… not good. Especially if you grew up eating shepherd’s pie made from scratch.

  • TLC

    I just LOVE Tater Tot Casserole — the way I make it. I use 1 bag of Tater Tots but don’t put cheese on the top. I use only 1 pound of hamburger (looks like 2 pounds in the picture) and the equivalent of 1 can of soup. (I don’t use those canned cream soups anymore; I make them from scratch.) The biggest difference is that my recipe calls for 1 small package of frozen veggies, and I usually use 2. I don’t think I’d like it without the veggies. Was making this long before I heard of the Duggars.

  • Evelyn

    There is an amazing Mennonite cookbook called Extending the Table. It is mostly international, but with the Appalachian foods as well. It’s the everyday food of poor people around the world, so totally eye-opening and also very frugal, obviously.

  • RetroPam

    I love you!!!

    I have Mennonite Country-Style Recipes. That’s how it’s done!

  • Allison the Great

    I absolutely LOATHE casseroles. It’s just a bunch of cans and boxes of mystery shit dumped and poured in together and then thrown into the oven. You have no idea what’s in it! They give you a plate full of it and you just look at it with such disappointment asking yourself “what the fuck even is this shit? I was hungry, not anymore. “

  • guest

    My mom has a Mennonite cookbook called “more with less”. I remember using it a lot for simple meals, all made from scratch. My mom cooked from scratch, for a family of 12. It can be done, but it does involve a lot of peeling potatoes and chopping vegetables!

  • Evelyn

    Extending the Table is sort of a “sequel” to More With Less. I just discovered that there is a 2014 revision of EtT, too. Lots of prep to cook from scratch, for sure. I’m not above using some processed helps, but I know better than to pretend it’s nearly as good. And I have a secret love for tater tots about twice a year 🙂

  • guest

    There’s no shame in using some processed foods, but I don’t think it’s healthy or otherwise recommendable to use them all the time.
    Most of us don’t grind our own flour or can our own vegetables, but there’s a difference between using some convenience foods, like a can of chopped tomatoes or a jar of basic tomato sauce to make spaguetti sauce once a week or so, and using canned soups and other processed foods every day. That tater tot casserole would be a once-in-a-while meal around here, not something we eat on a weekly basis.
    I don’t think I’ve ever had a tater tot.

  • guest

    There are casseroles and casseroles. Some are wonderful, some sound like a heart attack in a deep dish.

  • Evelyn

    If you ever do have a tater tot, don’t go halfway and bake them. Go right off the deep end and fry them 😀

  • Evelyn

    One that I think is wonderful at the same time as being a heart attack in a deep dish is what we call Funeral Potatoes around here. I don’t know what all is in it, because it would be far to dangerous to have a whole pan of it in my home, but it involves frozen hash browns cooked with cheese and sour cream.

  • guest

    Funeral Potatoes. Now that’s a name for a casserole!

  • guest

    Ok! I’ll bear that in mind.

  • Evelyn

    I used to know it as Mrs. So and So’s Party Potatoes, but at my new church, it is a staple on the funeral luncheon menu. Seems like all the Catholic churches around here call it that.

  • BlueVibe

    We called those party potatoes. I didn’t know about them until I encountered them in the college dining hall (our college had decent food, I swear. It wasn’t all like this. I worked in food prep, too, so I can vouch for it). But they were iconic. No, you didn’t want to eat them in large helpings, but they were %#!~! awesome for dinner on cold Iowa evenings.

  • BlueVibe

    I’ve made chicken spaghetti, but with white sauce instead of soup, because I don’t like cream of [soup] as soup and never remember to buy it. I’ve never done tater tot casserole but I know about it. None of their recipes are actually theirs: They’re common packaged-food assemblages that they’ve appropriated and brand-named as theirs.

    I’d like to know how much they actually know about cooking. I’m definitely not a great cook but I can deal if I find out I’m out of soup or whatever.

  • pl1224

    Agreed–there is a world (pun intended) between a Duggar-recommended casserole recipe and a true French cassoulet.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Look, it may not be gourmet but a well-made tatertot hotdish is great comfort food. And the tots shouldn’t be soggy! But that’s really one of the only 50s/60s canned soup casserole type foods that I really like. (Besides green bean casserole and we always used fresh, steamed beans and not canned ones. Canned, I imagine, would be entirely too mushy.) My dad is a good cook (and so was his mother) but he still did grow up in Iowa in the 50s and picked up an affection for a few of those dishes that the rest of us do not share. He made tuna noodle casserole for dinner one night when I was kid. He didn’t do that again. I don’t know if the Duggars make that one.

    Tatertot hotdish though, that was not a regular thing but we did enjoy it when he made it. My mom got super into it. lol

    UDATE: Okay, I clicked through to the whole post and it looks like Michelle doesn’t mix any vegetables with the meat. I really think it needs that. Also, cheese on top of the tatertots? That seems like overkill to me. It’s already heavy. Okay, so the version I grew up with was way better.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Eh, I kind of appreciate both. My dad makes delicious shepherd’s pie and I guess tatertot hotdish is the bastardized version of it. But sometimes it hits the spot for me anyway. But I’m guessing that, even with a dish like that, a good cook can make it good and a bad cook can make it bad. A lot of bland, unseasoned meat and soggy tatertots certainly doesn’t sound appealing.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    lol…well some of those heart attacks in a deep dish are pretty wonderful also just not very often…

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Never had that but heard about it in the context of Utah Mormon dishes. It honestly sounds like the only one I’d find palatable, since you can’t go too wrong with lots of molten cheese. The others I’ve heard of seem to involve a lot of green jello and cool whip and stuff. No bueno.

  • Petticoat Philosopher

    Agreed! Plenty of veg is important. And no need for cheese (and, believe me, I rarely say that.)

  • 1fifty

    I’ve read these comments, and there are indeed, decent casseroles out there. One of the great things about casseroles is that there are lots of leftovers. Working parents love recipes with lots of leftovers.

    But tatertots? Not so much. I’ve used potato casseroles. But I slice real potatoes, use ham intermixed and carrots, with some onions, and a little cheese and butter. The key is not using processed foods but lots of veggies with some meat. If you use pasta, don’t use processed cheese, and use frozen veggies with some meat.

    It doesn’t have to be a processed food nightmare with way too many simple carbs and processed fats. And, hey, I even read of a hot dog casserole that had everything else healthy. Choose your battles.

  • Evelyn

    Oh, I love those cool whip things! My mom would never make them, and then I went to school in the south and they were called “salads” and not even desserts! So I could have both 🙂