Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chili Dog Casserole #SundaySupper




Happy Father's Day to all of the men in my life that have contributed to my success and to that of my children.  I have my dad, my grandfathers, cousins, brother-in-laws, and of course, my husband to thank.  Each one of these gentlemen have molded, shaped and contributed to my children's opinion and view of what makes a man worthy to be given the titles: Dad, Father, Grandfather, Step Dad, Daddy, and Husband.


As we celebrate the men in our lives that fill the role of a father figure to our families, let us not also forget the single parents that, often times, also fill the role of both parents in homes across the world.

Does that sound like a weird thing to say?

I can only relate to my own story.  My Dad and Mom divorced when I was 7.  There were many years that my Mom pulled double duty.  My dad was always a phone call away but never really present in our life until we were all much older (after high school).  He lived in another state and things were not "peachy" between the two of them.

I know that it might be taboo to talk about gender specific roles in our lives but two parents do fulfill different rolls in the dynamic of a family.  To be specific I will mention a few household chores that, in our family, seem to be fulfilled by one or the other.   Cory empties the trash and I clean the bathrooms. He mows the yard and I vacuum the house.  He hitches the travel trailer to the truck and I pack the clothes for our camping trips.   Is it possible for me to do all that he does?  Of course it is and vice versa.  We just seem to gravitate towards certain chores.  When you are a single parent you do all of the chores until your kids get old enough to pitch in.

I am grateful to my Mom for her efforts in always providing us with the things that we needed by working her tail off in our family restaurant.  Life was not easy for her and I know that she did all that she knew how to do, given her situation.  Her support system was broken. Was she perfect in her role?  No, but neither am I or Cory. We have all made mistakes along the road of parenting..  We do our best and hope for success.

On this Father's Day, I would be remiss if I did not give credit where credit is due in regards to my personal upbringing.  My Mom is not a Dad or my Father but she has emptied the trash, mowed the yard and hitched the horse trailers for our rodeo weekends.  I love you Mom! and yes I miss my Dad every single day.  I am grateful for the Step-Dad that I have now.

This year we will be traveling to VA on Father's Day.  We rented a convertible and are taking a weekend to visit family. We had our dinner this past week.  The two little kids will be with us and our older kids will be working.   I have to say that our four kids are the luckiest kids in this universe.  They a father that is kind, gentle, giving, loving, spiritual, a good provider and a man that truly celebrates and encourages their success in this life.  How could I have known, after two weeks of dating, that he would be the one 26 years ago?

My own goal in life has always been to provide these sweet little spirits,  that have been born into our family, with a life filled with love and kindness.  Cory has definitely filled those shoes and then some. I can't say it has always been easy for him to be married to a fiesty-Irish-woman.  His patience and understanding with our kids is admirable.  I know that they roll their eyes when Dad says things but one day they will understand his wisdom.  I think, as kids, we all rolled our eyes at our parents.

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My Mom loves Chili-dogs and so does Cory.  I thought today I would share a quick and easy casserole. This is a great addition to your weekly line up of simple meals, especially with the busy summer days ahead of us.

The bacon and jalapeno give it that gourmet flair for our family.  How would you jazz this dish up to fit the mouth-watering taste buds of your family?  Share below in the comments.

ENJOY!

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Chili Dog Casserole

Serves 4, two small hotdogs per person

This dish can be thrown together with cans of chili, hotdogs, store bought buns, pre-packaged shredded cheese, a jar of jalapenos and bacon bits OR go all out and make homemade chili (recipe here), fresh jalapenos, fried bacon, ciabatta rolls from your favorite bakery, and your favorite hotdogs. Make it so it fits into your schedule and family.  My recipe is just a guide.

2-15 oz cans of your favorite chili
4 large hotdogs, cut to fit buns
1 package of ciabatta rolls, I used gluten free
2 cups of white cheddar cheese, grated
1 fresh jalapeno, sliced thin
1/2 cup fried bacon, diced small
yellow mustard, for inside of buns
1/4 cup red onions, diced small

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 10X10 baking dish.

2.  Precook hotdogs in microwave for 3-5 minutes.  Fry bacon, grate cheese, dice onions, etc.  Prepare your ingredients for the casserole.

3.  I used 4 ciabatta rolls and cut them in half.  I cut the hotdogs to fit perfectly inside of the buns.  The little pieces of left over hotdog, I sliced and added to the chili.

4.  Add Chili to baking dish.  Place hotdog and buns in the chili.  See picture.

5.  Bake casserole for 25 minutes.  Chili should be hot and buns toasted.

6.  Remove from oven and top with cheese, bacon, jalapenos and red onion.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes.  Cheese should be melted.

7.  Serve immediately.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Isabella was anxiously awaiting for the photo shoot to be over so that she could get her little fingers into the bacon and cheese.  I just so happened to turn around in time to capture the amazing moment.  She sat there and watched the rain fall and was pleasantly surprised to discover that cheese and bacon go nicely together.   

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38 comments:

  1. What an honest post. I love that this is a tribute to the non-traditional "dad" :) And who doesn't love a chili dog?!

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  2. Nice recipe for fathers day.
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  3. What a nice tribute to your mom...she deserves the accolades! And this is definitely man food! I need to make this when one of my sons has his buddies over...they'd make it disappear in a flash :)

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    1. Thank you Liz. The older I get and the more kids I have, I am more aware of how much my Mom did for us as a single parent. I don't know if I could do it, honestly. Have a great week.

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  4. This is soooo up my Husband's alley. I have to make him this soon!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Shannon! I hope your husband enjoys the casserole. In my opinion, the mustard in the bun--then baked--was the best part.

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  5. Mom's can be the best dads ever. I love your chili dog casserole. Enjoy the convertible. You will all have a blast.

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    1. Thank you Marlene. We had a great time. Our 7 year old did not want to give it back--we will definitely do it again.

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  6. This looks like such a great recipe, everyone would love it!!

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  7. This is such a fun idea! You really can make a casserole out of anything

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    1. Thanks Shaina. I used to run from casseroles because I did not like my food touching--now--I need to find MORE casserole recipes. My kids love them.

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  8. Our upbringing sounds very similar. I have always honored my mom on father's day. How exhausting it must have been to do the job of both parents all the time! I admire her, and all of the single parents out there, so much !! Thanks for a great post and a delicious looking recipe. I know my fam would love it :) Pinned!

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    1. Thank you for the comment. I wasn't sure how it would be received talking about my Mom on Father's Day but she really does deserve most of the credit in that department. I hope you enjoy the recipe when you decide to make it.

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  9. GREAT idea to do the dogs in a casserole!

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  10. Thank you, Sherron, for your heartfelt post. Congratulations, too, on 26 years of marriage. Looks like your journey has been an interesting one =) And it looks like the family restaurant influence has produced some pretty spectacular food. I love this cheery, colorful and undoubtedly tasty casserole =)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, we have had an exciting 26 years and hope to get 26 more if we are lucky. I wish I had paid more attention to my time in the restaurant..LOL I was a kid and always wanted to be somewhere else in my mind.

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  11. I adore this post and completely agree. Father's Day (and Mother's Day, for that matter) isn't just about celebrating flesh and blood fathers. It's so much more than that. Either way, I'm all for celebrating people with chili dogs! :)

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    1. LOL--me too! The more chili dogs the better. Thanks for your comments and thoughts.

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  12. We just love chili dogs, plain or fancied up with toppings and with the jalapeños this would be gobbled up immediately. What a great party food idea too! Love the shot of your daughter in the window while it is raining outside. You'll cherish that forever! Thanks for your visit today!!!

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    1. Thank you Roz for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I do love that picture of Isabella. I hope you get a chance to give this a try.

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  13. Corn Dogs are like one of those things that is like a special indulgence for me! These look incredible!

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  16. What a great, open post. I really enjoyed reading it. And your chili dog casserole would be a huge hit here at our house. This is getting saved for when the kids come to visit!!

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  17. Omg Sherron, this post touched me more than words can express. I have tears in my eyes threatening to spill over. Thank you for your eloquence and honesty. While I grew up with both my parents, my relationship with my father has always been extremely strained, even to this day. I love my mom with my whole heart but it's harder with my dad. Your mom sounds amazing and I'm so glad to hear that your husband is a wonderful father. I hope all of you had a wonderful Father's Day. And a big YES to this casserole. This is such a brilliant and delicious take on the chili dog!

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  18. What a fun recipe! Since we're chili dog lovers, I can't wait to try this. Pinning :)
    Oh, btw, love the last photo with you daughter waiting for the photo shoot to be over. Priceless.
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  19. Very different, Sherron! I can relate to Mom doing it all.

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  20. I can completely relate, Sherron! My mom did it all for several years and I am forever grateful. Your chili dog casserole would be a favorite at our house any day of the year.

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  21. What a beautiful post! Kudos to all the moms out there that fulfill both rolls! Your dish looks amazing! Seriously good stuff. Made me say "oh wow" out loud. :)

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  22. You really did capture an amazing moment with that photo. And you certainly shared a recipe after my heart and tummy. Oh how I love what I call "knife and fork hotdogs" (totally loaded and messy that you can't pick up and eat).

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  23. This looks absolutely scrumptious. We haven't had chili dogs in forever and now I know how we will have them next time!! Love love LOVED your story :)

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