We are still seriously fighting a stomach virus, but I think we are finally gaining the upper hand. Thankfully, no one is throwing up today. The kids actually seem pretty chipper. I kept 3 of them home from co-op classes today. I just couldn’t risk spreading this mess. Since I was supposed to go to Bunco tonight, it was time to figure out what to cook. Last month my new recipe failed me with the kids still pretty bitter about the mess that came out of the crock pot.
They were nervous already about what tonight’s Bunco meal was going to be. You would have thought I planned that mess to get even last month. I really thought it looked good. It was a bad case of where it looked great on paper but didn’t work in reality. I know they’re nervous when they keep asking what’s for dinner. I made them even more nervous when I announced that I was winging it and asked for them to fetch the dreaded crock pot. This is a sure way to cause panic in the house. Mom is winging it and she is using the crock pot. They want to see the recipe. They need to see the recipe. They don’t like the idea of mom winging it, but last week I bought a ton of Campbell’s Soup Pork and Beans for a batch of baked beans that never materialized. I needed to use some of those cans up – they were huge and taking a bunch of space in my too small kitchen.
I decided we were going to have barbecue beans and hot dogs. This announcement didn’t go over well with the crowd especially my vegetarian (remember him?). He gave up meat for Lent. This forced me to give up my stance against short order cooking for Lent. Boy, is that rule coming back with a vengeance after Lent! Here’s my recipe and it turned out to be a keeper. The kids liked it and want it put into the dinner rotation. They even asked for it for lunch on co-op days. I did change my mind about the crock pot though. I used the Dutch Oven instead.
- 2 – 28 oz cans of Pork and Beans
- 2 – 15 oz cans of Black Beans (drained)
- Corn (I used what was left in a bag, no idea how much)
- 8 to 10 Large Hot Dogs (sliced)…everyone agrees Kielbasa would be better
- Barbecue Sauce
I mixed the two different cans of beans and corn together in a Dutch Oven. I then added sliced hot dogs and stirred. I added barbecue sauce to taste. I just kept dumping it in until it tasted good. Here is what it looked like:
After everything was stirred together, I added bacon. My half pint daughter will eat her weight in bacon. Since she is so tiny, the pediatrician actually encourages this. The rest of us wish we had her metabolism. Here’s what it looked like with the bacon on it:
I baked it in a 250 degree oven for about 4 or 5 hours with the lid on. Since my crowd likes the bacon a little crispy during the last hour or so, I took the lid off. I wasn’t really paying attention to time. I made it between bursts of home schooling my little ones. It was a painful home schooling day…the dreaded flash cards came out again. It wasn’t pretty!
It looked so good when it came out of the oven, but alas you can’t see that. Dad and the heathy ones stormed in demanding to be feed. I completely forgot to get a picture of the finished product. Here’s what if looked like in the bowl though.
It was really pretty in the pot with the cooked bacon on top. The meat eaters of the crowd deemed it a success, but my poor vegetarian wasn’t so happy. He said it was okay but it would have been a whole lot better with kielbasa and bacon. I would definitely have to agree.
Alas, I didn’t go to Bunco tonight. Even though I still haven’t shown any symptoms, I was too afraid I’d share the stomach bug that my DH and kids have been having with everyone there.