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Dad and daughter cook a super fast and easy casserole dinner!

 

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!)

Bean Casserole Fixins

Bean Casserole Fixins

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

Shred about a cup or so of cheese

Shred about a cup or so of cheese

Add a layer of beans in the casserole dish (use about half the can)

Layer of beans

Layer of beans

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!)

Cut up hot dogs

Cut up hot dogs using a butter knife (safety first!)

Layer the hotdogs

Layer the hotdogs

Now use the other half of the can of beans to layer over the hot dogs, then cover with the grated cheese!

Cover with remaining beans

Cover with remaining beans

Layer of cheese

Layer of cheese

Now add a layer of chips to the top. By this time, your oven should be ready to go.

Layer of chips

Layer of chips

Same ratio applies to the chips as it did the hot dogs… 5 for the dish, one for the garbage gut… ;D

Sneak chips...

Sneak chips...

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!

Fresh from the oven!

Fresh from the oven!

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!

About Brandon

Hey you! Thanks for visiting Go Team Duncan! Let me introduce myself---I'm a dad of 15 years and Brandi's worse half for more than 10. I'm also a US Army Soldier of almost 10 years, a writer, social media addict, blogger (as you can see), and now a podcaster.
 
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  1. Yum! Looks awesome! I’m a fan of just a pot of beans and hotdogs, but adding cheese makes everything better. Although, I’m not sure I’d want this to become a staple in our household. I’m not used to incorporating potato chips into our meals! :)

    • Hey Laura!

      Unfortunately, this was a bit of a staple for me growing up. We made this all the time. It is good, but you can also get burned out on it if eaten too often. I think a good rule of thumb is to base it on how often you are willing to eat hot dogs. If it’s infrequently, this will be also, lol!

      I do understand the chips concern. If it makes you feel better about it, that bag of chips has been in the cabinet for going on two weeks (or more). We don’t keep them around, we only get them when something we plan calls for them. :)

  2. Brandon,

    When my wife and kids went vegetarian, I found myself in the same boat. I learned to appreciate the one-pot casseroles.

    Dave

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