Every week we’ll post a recipe that we both made. This week’s recipe was Crockpot Beans & Hot Dogs, found over at SouthernFood.About.com. Printable recipe can be found at the bottom of this post.
Readers, forgive me for I am an asshole. This week’s recipe was chosen by me – and by “me”, I mean that I said “Oh, just go pick something for us to make!” to Fred, and he chose this one, and I gave it a cursory glance before sending it off to Nance and getting the okay. When the day came for me to make the recipe, I gathered my baked beans and my hot dogs, and then I really read the recipe.
And I said “Um, what? Is this a recipe that adds a weird sauce to a can of beans that are already plenty saucy? Fuck that.” (Note: Fred does not like molasses, AT ALL, so the fact that he chose this recipe means that he also did not read it through. He was just placating me, as he is wont to do.)
So here’s what I used:
Hot dogs, baked beans, onion. No weird molasses-y sauce. Just the basics. (Please note that the recipe calls for cans of “pork and beans”, but I have no idea if that’s the same thing as baked beans, or another thing entirely and also I don’t honestly care.)
Toss a can of baked beans in the crock pot, add half your package of hot dogs, sliced, and then half your onion, also sliced. Another can of baked beans, the rest of the hot dogs and onion, and top with the last can of baked beans.
Bake on low for 6 – 8 hours. Eat.
Looks like shit, tastes great. What I ended up making is exactly the recipe that I grew up eating, only made in a crock pot instead of an oven.
I can’t rate the original recipe, but my version was damn tasty and I give it two thumbs up. Also, Fred has lost recipe-choosing privileges.
(Sorry, no kitten pics this week. I’ll do better next week, PROMISE.)
When Robyn sent this recipe my way I laughed my ass off because I figured she has never heard of what this family calls poor people food. I grew up on this shit and I’m sure there are a lot more people out there that have grown up eating it too. Beans & Wieners, FTW!
I decided to make it the way my family does because I was not about to put baked beans in a crockpot for 6 to 8 hours. That’s fucking ridiculous! They’re baked beans for chrissakes. Some people eat them cold straight from the can! I can just imagine my entire family sitting down to a meal that was cooked in a crockpot all day and seeing their faces when I dished out baked beans and wieners. Bwahaha. No.
So I’m going to make the original recipe (seen below), but I’m only going to take about 15 minutes to do it (start to finish). Because using 6 to 8 hours to heat up food that has already been cooked is just dumb.
Did someone ask for a hot dog?
I got your hot dog right here.
Ten points to whoever gets Felina’s celebrity impersonation. Hint: Sherry Lewis.
Okay, I’m done goofing off now. It’s time to get busy with this complicated recipe!
You start out by putting a little bit of vegetable oil in your cast iron skillet (that has been cleaned and re-oiled because you just had a dog in it). You can use any type of skillet, I just happen to like my cast iron skillet because it makes me feel like I’m in the Little House on the Prairie books. See those scratch marks on the side of the skillet? That’s what happens when you stack cast iron skillets on top of one another. Don’t do that.
Throw your chopped onions in and cook (saute) them until clear/translucent/whatever.
Spend a bunch of time goofing off until you realize that you’re burning the goddamn onions. Then throw the chopped up hot dogs in the skillet and bitch about how stupid you are for not paying attention. And then blame the husband for it because everything is always his fault anyway. Heh.
I stir the hot dogs every once in a while until I get bored and then I start putting the other ingredients in.
Baked beans! Oh, I love baked beans. So much. And yes, I eat them cold straight from the can!
Grandma Tube-top made a special trip into town (minus the tube-top, of course EDITED TO ADD: she was not naked, commenters!) just to purchase this molasses. We don’t usually add molasses to our baked beans – we just use a little bit of brown sugar. I do use molasses in the brine I make for my turkey, but that’s a story for another day.
Add the rest of the ingredients, blahblahblah. I didn’t even try to sneak in any Polish Pottery because baked beans and wieners do not deserve the effort.
Keep cooking it over medium heat until it thickens up and looks like this. That’s when you know it’s done. It doesn’t take that long at all. Maybe 10-15 minutes? So ridiculous to go through all the effort of setting up a crockpot (and cleaning it after) to make this dish. Just fry it up in a skillet and call it a day.
Everyone said it was good, but it’s not going into my recipe book because I can make this stuff in my sleep.
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- 3 cans (16 ounces each) pork and beans
- 1 pound hot dogs, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1 small onion, chopped
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- In crockpot, combine beans, hot dogs, ketchup, onion, molasses, and mustard. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
- Serves 6.