Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hot Dog Casserole and A Game Night

 Game night at the Dykemas

     As a home schooling family, we are used to spending a lot of time together and we like it that way! We also love spending time with our friends, and a family game night is one of our favorite ways to get together. The Dykemas graciously invited us to their home to share dinner, laughter, and lots of fun. Beth made her hot dog casserole and biscuits, while we supplied a veggie tray, chips, and dessert. Her bean dish is so much more than "pork and beans". When you see all the ingredients she adds, you'll see why. The beans are zesty rather than spicy, and if you prefer them milder, you can leave out the Tony Chachere's and pepper. I thought they had a LOT of flavor (and had seconds)! I will definitely be making this at home!

See the end of this post for Beth's recipe.

Beth makes the biscuits.

The kids line up for food.

A close -up of the big 'ol pot of beans 

Beth had crunchy onions as a topping.

Yummy biscuits.  She also had homemade strawberry jam.

Our veggie tray with Ranch dip (1 packet of Hidden Valley seasoning mix with a 16 oz. container of sour cream is my favorite)

Munchies and drinks.  The orange drink in the back is one of Beth's varieties of homemade "kefir".  She also had sweet iced tea. We brought some soda. Trust me, there were a lot more cups than these.  We always label the cups with a marker. Somehow I failed to take pictures of dessert.  Hayden had baked chocolate chip cookies. We made ice cream sandwiches out of them and then rolled them in mini M&M's. It was probably a good thing not to have evidence.......

Scott and Jeff wait for the food.

Harrison! He kept trying to mess up my picture.

The Recipe
Beth's Hot Dog Casserole (in a pot)
Served 14 including hungry teenage guys (who I know HAD SECONDS - maybe thirds) with some left over

2-3 lbs. browned and diced thick bacon
1 large diced onion
2-4 packages sliced and browned hot dogs
1 #10 can of Bush's baked beans
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup mustard
1/2 cup Worcestershire
1/4 cup liquid smoke
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. Tony Chachere's (cajun seasoning)
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1 Tbsp. pepper
1 tsp. maple extract

Crunchy onions

Chop and brown the bacon. Beth sautes the onions in with the bacon.
Add in all remaining ingredients except for hot dogs.

Add in bacon.

Chop and brown hot dogs.  Add to beans.

Thank you Dykema family!

A friend loves at all times, 
And a brother is born for adversity.
Proverbs 17:17

~Jennifer and Beth

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