Are you like me, and starting to plan for your Labor Day weekend? For the first time at Green Bean Delivery, we have mini uncured hot dogs, and they have me thinking of all kinds of recipes that are perfect for Labor Day weekend potlucks and football season get-togethers.
A new vendor at Green Bean Delivery is Teton Waters Ranch. They provide 100% grass-fed beef hot dogs, sausages, and meatballs that are free of hormones, antibiotics, nitrites and nitrates. Their cattle live and eat the way nature intended—creating a healthy and sustainable ecosystem of cattle ranching.
When I saw the mini hot dogs, I knew my kids were going to be excited. They love “pigs in a blanket” and mini corn dogs. And, I thought “beanie weenies” made with clean ingredients would be perfect food for our Sunday football get-togethers.
“Beanie weenies” or “franks and beans” haven’t been in my life for YEARS—until two weeks ago. My brother-in-law came over and made a slow cooker full of beanie weenies. As I snubbed my nose at them, he said to me—say what you will, but these taste so good! Sure enough, the men in the house gobbled them up over the weekend until there was absolutely nothing left. Fast forward one week—I find out we have mini uncured hot dogs in the store. We also have nitrite and nitrate free bacon from Smoking Goose, and organic maple and onion canned baked beans from Field Day; the main ingredients to beanie weenies. All three ingredients are good quality, clean foods. Now this is more my style!
I fry up a package of bacon and set aside on paper towel to cool. Drain all but one tablespoon of bacon fat from frying pan. Heat the bacon fat over medium heat and sauté one small diced onion. Cook until translucent, five minutes. In a slow cooker, add four 15-ounce cans of Field Day organic maple and onion baked beans, one package of Teton Waters Ranch mini uncured beef hot dogs (I cut them in half), the cooked onion, and the fried bacon (roughly chopped). You can sprinkle Woodstock Farms organic brown sugar over the top if you like them to be a bit sweeter. Cook on low for an hour or two to blend the flavors. So easy!
Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a blanket are perfect party food and such fun for kids to help make. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Pop open a container of Immaculate Baking crescent rolls and unroll the dough. Separate into eight pieces. I cut each piece in half, so I ended up with 16 triangle pieces. Place a mini hot dog on the dough so that it is lined up with one of the long edges. Roll the dough around the hot dog towards the point of the triangle. Set on an ungreased baking sheet. There are roughly 19 mini hot dogs per package, so I tossed the three extra hot dogs on the baking sheet and let them bake without a blanket. Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
Cornbread Muffins Stuffed with Mini Hot Dogs
My kids love corn dogs! So, these mini hot dogs had me thinking—how can I make mini corn dogs with the kids? I started brainstorming how this was going to work, and instead of corndogs, I made cornbread muffins stuffed with mini hot dogs. The kids loved them and so did the adults! I basically followed the recipe for gluten free cornbread on the back of Arrowhead Mills organic yellow cornmeal, with a few minor adjustments.
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth