We host lots of hay rides, picnics, hot dog roasts and ice cream socials on our farm, and these chili dogs never fail to please. There’s always someone who fills a paper cup with the sauce and eats it straight.
"On a warm summer day when I didn't feel like heating the oven, I created this recipe," recalls Karen Fehr. The Fairbury, Illinois cook uses leftover hot dogs, convenient canned items and shredded cheese to prepare her quick main dish.
Through the years, I often found myself serving this casserole just before payday. It's a family favorite and truly an end-of-the-month budget stretcherthat's why I thought the name "Depression Casserole" was so appropriate.
"When we were raising our six children, they took turns cooking supper," recounts Margaret Pienta of Abilene, Texas. "Every time my oldest son's turn came around, we knew what he'd be serving...this great-tasting favorite of his. Now we make it for our grandkids."
"This is one of my standby recipes," reports Valorie Walker of Bradley, South Carolina. "I always have wieners on hand, so it's easy to dress them up with a tangy homemade barbecue sauce to create these 'ribs' that youngsters love. They're delicious served over rice, and leftovers reheat well," she adds.
"I've made this casserole for 25 years and my family never gets tired of it," writes Sue Gonzales from her home in Fortson, Georgia. "I like to assemble it the night before, then pop it in the over after work. A tossed salad completes the meal nicely."
Looking for a main dish kids will like making and eating? Try this quick casserole from Irene Delbaugh of York, Pennsylvania. "I've served it quite often when time is short. Children especially enjoy it," she comments.
Getting my kids to eat cabbage is a challenge, so I dress it up with this recipe. The kids like the franks and the creamy, mild mustard sauce. It's an easy, fun meal for the whole family.Precious Owens, Elizabethtown, Kentucky