Preheat your oven to 375° and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with vegetable oil.
Start by chopping the onions and mushroooms.
Swirl a little vegetagle oil in a saute pan and get it hot. Add the onions and mushrooms to get them started . Suate for about three minutes or unil they be begin to soften and wilt.
While the mushrooms and onions are getting started, you can cut/chop up the vegan sausage. It will be easier to brown in the pan if it is already in small pieces.
Add the cut vegan sausage to the pan and continue stir and cook until the sausage has browned - about 5-7 minutes. I contine to cut and break up the sausage into smaller peices as I am stirring.
Once the sausage has fully cooked and is nice and crispy and brown, spoon it evenly into the prepared 9x13 casserole dish. Set aside.
Dice the red bell pepper and add to a medium-sized mixing bowl. There is no need to pre-cook the bell pepper.
To the mixing bowl, add the two containers of JUST Egg, vegan cheese shreds, nutritional yeast, corn starch, chives, and black salt.
Mix and whisk the ingredients well so that there are no lumps or cornstarch.
Pour the egg mixuture over the top of the cooked sausage mixture.
Finishing and baking
Place the tater tots on top of the egg mixture in the casserole dish. I press down slightly so that they are almost half-way submerges. I find that 72 tater tots in the perfect number of tots to cover the top.
Cook uncovered in a 375° for about 45 minutes or until the tops of the tater tots are golden brown and the egg mixture has mostly solidified. If might look a little soft and slightly jiggly when you first take it out of the oven , but it should not be runny.
Allow to sit and cool for about 7-10 minutes before cutting.
Garnish with more chives and add a lttle salt and pepper to taste. This tater tot casserole dish is super delicous with a little creamy sriracha suace on top. (See Notes.)
The nutrition information is mainly for amusement (and because it's required). The truth is, there is not a standard for vegan products which makes it impossible to be 100% accurate. Please know that I tried though.
This makes a large potion that serves 12. I think it would be pretty easy to half though.
The flavor outcome will depend on the vegan sausage you use. Some is quite mild while others are more flavorful.
Black salt or Kala Namak isn't actually salt like we know it and isn't really black in color but more of a gray/pink color. It has a sulphur like taste that will make this recipe taste more authentic. If you don't have black salt, don't let it keep you from making this recipe. Just promise that you'll quick go buy some for next time! You can find it in an Indian Market or, I get mine on Amazon.
I have found that 72 is the perfect number of tots for a 9x13 pan. I buy a two pound package only use about three-fourths of the package. That's okay, more for later!