once summer is truly over, my whole dinner menu changes. i start to think about casseroles, stews, homemade soups, chili's, things i like to call "one pot meals". comfort foods.
it's not really winter here yet. today was cool and kind of gray. we had a sprinkling of snow last week that lasted a couple of hours. they are calling for cooler temperatures and perhaps some freezing rain/flurries tomorrow.
today, my mind was on comfort foods from my childhood. i am about to admit something. something that is hard for me to admit. I LOVE POTATOES. yup, potatoes. boiled potatoes, potato salad, baked potatoes, potato skins. mashed potatoes, fried potatoes. mmmm and scalloped potatoes. i love scalloped potatoes. probably a very un-D-friendly potato dish, if ever there was one. butter, flour, potatoes, onions all cooked with milk till bubbly and soft.
today i did something a little different. i added hot dogs. sounds a little weird right? well when i googled "hot dog potato casserole", there were hundreds of recipes. i read a few different ones. basically they are all the same. scalloped potatoes, with chopped/sliced hot dogs.
here is my version of HOT DOG POTATO CASSEROLE
- thinly slice about 5 potatoes and 1 onion.
- put in pan (i used a wok) and add about 1inch of water. bring to boil, and cook for about 5 minutes. drain.
- melt 3 tbsp of butter in pot over med heat. add 2 tbsp flour, about 1 tsp of paprika, salt and pepper. stir constantly while adding 2cups milk. stir until thick and smooth.
- put about 1/3 potato/onion mix in bottom of 2 quart casserole. slice about 4 hotdogs in half lengthwise and lay on top of potato mixture.
- add more potato mixture and top with more hotdogs.
- top with remainder of potato and then pour milk mixture over top.
- cover with shredded cheddar cheese (about a cup) or whatever cheese you have on hand. even cheese slices would do.
- bake for about 45min in 400' oven.
you could add peas, or green beans, or mixed veggies. brocolli would be good too.
i call that a success!!