Depression Casserole Recipe
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Depression Casserole Recipe

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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 stretcher—that's why I thought the name "Depression Casserole" was so appropriate.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) hot dogs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Toast points or cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 360 calories, 30g fat (12g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1216mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in ketchup, water, vinegar, mustard and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Place hot dogs in a 1-qt. baking dish; pour sauce over. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. If desired, serve over toast points or rice. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Depression Casserole in Reminisce March/April 1994 , p55

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couponsmakecents User ID: 7005256 17174
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2012

"I grew up on this recipe and we had it at least once a week. I call this comfort food and still make it every month or so. I love the sauce and make it into my own BBQ sauce."

anban12 User ID: 2639534 42983
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"I LOVE this recipe! I slice the onion so it has more of a German feel to it. I've discovered it also works really well on top of cooked potatoes! My family loves the sauce so much that I always make half again as much."

sheronrez User ID: 3247976 40926
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"I'm not fond of hot dogs because of the preservatives. I can see all the rest of the ingredients, and use natural pork or lamb fully cooked sausage, sauteed, then baked."

Isolda User ID: 2915263 17248
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"This is a clever, economical, and tasty recipe. Hot dogs in homemade barbecue sauce. I appreciate recipes like this one to remind me that food doesn't always have to be modern and fancy to be good-tasting."

lorimagory User ID: 1399411 31654
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"Sounds like economy BBQ'd hotdogs. "

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