Friday, February 18, 2011

Thanks Again to My Friend Betty

Add ImageWinter time is oven casserole time in our house. This casserole I made last night is a bit different, but one that I've made for many, many years and both hubby and I continue to gobble it up.

Once again, I have to thank Betty Crocker for this recipe. I can't help but wonder if it was originally pulled together to use up some leftovers . . . some hot dogs, a dish of green beans that didn't get finished and that extra slice or two of bread that's always hangin' around.

If I remember correctly, the original name was "Frankfurter Supper Dish." (Does anyone call hot dogs "frankfurters" anymore?) Over the years I've come to call it "Green Bean and Hot Dog Casserole." Not very classy, but that's the name that's stuck. And so . . .


4 hot dogs (I use "chicken" hot dogs)
2 cups green beans
1 cup medium cream sauce
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (important for the flavor)
2 slices of bread, cubed
Grated cheddar cheese

Drop hot dogs in boiling water and cook for about 5 minutes. Slice into 1/2"-1" pieces. If the green beans aren't already cooked leftovers languishing in the refrig, cook them about half the usual time.

Make the cream sauce by melting 2 tablespoons butter, stirring in 2 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Slowly add one cup of milk, and then the Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce has thickened.

Stir the cooked, sliced hot dogs and beans into the cream sauce.

Pour mixture into a pie plate. (An 8" x 8" pan seems just a smidge too big so judge your size pie plate or casserole pan accordingly.)

Cover top of casserole with bread cubes and as much grated cheese as you want. (I probably use about 3/4 cup.)

Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serves 3-4.

Last night I served this with pickled beets which I think are a nice compliment to the creamy consistency of the casserole.

If you're making it in the summer time, serving it with fresh, sliced tomatoes and Brownies with Ice Cream for dessert would be lovely. (Boy, would it ever!)


Susan said...

Yum! I will have rummage through the freezer to see if I have frankfurters. That sounds so much classier, doesn't it? So gore met. Of course, if you put cheese on a brick, I'd eat it.

Dirt Lover said...

Yeah, sounds good! I agree, it is probably something that started out as Refrigerator Casserole. I also agree with Susan, I love cheese! Put it on anything, and it immediately transforms it into something better. Even bricks!

Erin said...

Can you hear me screaming "heck YEAH! Frankfurter casserole!" Only another Minnesotan can laugh hysterically while TOTALLY appreciating yet another hot dish recipe! You are making me homesick... now I'm thinking of tater tot hotdish again, my personal fave :)

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Hahaha! What is it about cheese that makes anything more edible? Now go get in that freezer and rescue those gore-mettish frankfurters you've been saving for a special occasion. ;o)

Lori - So you and Susan actually eat bricks with melted cheese on them, eh? Amazing.

Erin - So what do you think the origin of all our hot dishes is? We couldn't get to the grocery store for many months of the winter so we kept throwing stuff we did have together and trying to disguise it with different sauces and seasonings . . . and a lot of cheese? Yup, that must have been it! (Hey, we keep surviving every winter, don't we?)

Anonymous said...

That looks so creamy and yummy! The beets look good to, I actually just started adding a beet to my juice, I have red finger tips! The only time I used to eat hot dogs was at the ball park or at a hockey game. In Montreal at the time, when you went to see the Canadiens, all of the hot dog buns were toasted, so we all called them "toasties", at the ball park, the buns were steamed, so we called them "steamies", lol...I love the name "frankfurter" though!

Mama Pea said...

Rain - Good to find someone else who likes beets. They are so chock full of vitamins and minerals . . . and they grow so well up here in the north country!

Sparkless said...

We always buy turkey dogs but that would work just fine. I'm printing this one out to use next week. Now I just have to find a dish to cook it in.

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Yup, turkey dogs would work just fine. I think almost any pie plate (except maybe a deep dish one) would work just fine for the casserole. Or maybe about a quart and a half size baking dish?

Karen L. said...

I make almost this exact same dish. In fact, my husband just requested it last week (he loves this dish) so guess I had better get going on it. Thanks for reminding me.

Mama Pea said...

Karen L. - Glad to help out! Where did your recipe come from?

Anonymous said...

This dish is trotted out at every family gathering--not because we eat it, but because it was so terrible that the memory has become a running family joke, better with each telling.

Mama Pea said...

Anonymous - That is truly funny that this casserole has turned into a family joke. Although we really do like (and eat!) it, I know what you mean because there is a dish or two that makes the story that gets told way too often . . . "Do you remember that awful (fill in the blank) you used to make us eat?"