Ok, that title might be slightly misleading. My 10 yr old daughter actually prepped, cooked, served, AND devoured the dinner. I took pictures, shredded cheese, and worked the oven entry and exit. Hey, it still counts. Don’t judge me.
Anyway, since Team Duncan is all about us working together on whatever and sharing the results with you, we decided that you needed to see that mom isn’t the only one slaving away in the kitchen. And, since I am still learning to cook, I hesitated to try and share anything fancy. The outcome? We are sharing a fast and easy dish you and the kids are bound to love that they can help with or do themselves!* (* please don’t let your younger kids actually cook unsupervised)
We call it bean casserole (or hot dog casserole…)
Here’s what you need to feed about 4 people:
1 x casserole dish
1 x family size can of baked beans
1 x package of hot dogs
1 cup (-ish) of shredded cheese (we used medium cheddar – you can use American also)
Plain potato chips (we usually use Lays or ones without ridges)
1 x kid (you can substitute an adult male with limited kitchen skills – ha!)
How to fix it:
Turn your oven on to 375 (it takes about as long to prepare this as it does for your oven to preheat)
Shred your cheese while the kid does the next step
Add a layer of beans in the casserole dish (use about half the can)
Cut up one package of hot dogs and spread them across your beans (there’s about a 5:1 ratio… five for the dish, one for the kid’s gut, lol!)
Now use the other half of the can of beans to layer over the hot dogs, then cover with the grated cheese!
Now add a layer of chips to the top. By this time, your oven should be ready to go.
Same ratio applies to the chips as it did the hot dogs… 5 for the dish, one for the garbage gut… ;D
Now you are ready to pop it in the oven. At 375, 20 minutes should be enough to melt the cheese, but you will probably want to keep it in there for an extra 5-10 minutes or so. Watch the cheese and chips so they don’t burn.
When the cheese is nice and melted and the chips are almost golden brown, take your casserole out, dish it up, and enjoy!
Extra tip: For the adults, add a little bit of medium to hot picante sauce or Tobasco to give this dish a little extra “zip”! YUMMY!
Quick, easy, kids like it, adults like it… it’s perfect! What do you think? Would you or your kids give it a shot? What would you do differently? Tell us below!