Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Six Bean Casserole

This is the recipe from yesterday.  Sorry, no pictures though.  And although it's called a casserole, we eat it more like a stew or a chili.

1 can pork and beans
1 can hot chili [I use turkey chili and usually add some extra chili powder]
2 cans green beans (drained)
1 can wax beans (drained)
1 can kidney beans (rinsed and drained) [I rinse and drain both these and the great northern beans, but I'm pretty sure when my in-laws make it, they don't]
1 can great northern beans (rinsed and drained)
1 can tomato soup
2 lbs sweet turkey sausage [you can use pork, but I really prefer the flavor of turkey and I use one package which is usually pre-prackaged in 1 1/4 lbs]
1 large onion chopped [when I am done browning the turkey - I usually use a little oil to brown it in, or some Pam - I soften up the onions in the fat and oil that is left, then you don't have to cook it for as long.]
1 1/2 cups celery, finely chopped [I hate cooked celery, so I just add some celery seed]
2 tbls mustard [I always just eyeball it]
1/2 cup brown sugar [Randal doesn't like his quite so sweet, so I usually only use a couple of heaping spoonfuls]

Put everything in a baking dish and put in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
[I put everything in a GIANT crockpot for 2-3 hours on high - or a GIANT pot on the stove on high for 20-30 minutes or so...  This is why softening those onions beforehand is important.  The real recipe says to add 1 small can of tomato sauce to the mixture when you pull it out of the oven, but I add one regular can of tomato sauce to the mixture when I add everything else.]
Optional: Serve topped with bacon.  [I've never done this.]

This recipe is great for those who like sweet and savory combos or who like sweet meats.  Randal and I LOVE this recipe and now that we live somewhere so cold I get to make it a whole lot more often!  Plus it's full of all those good for you beans and when you use turkey, you're getting good protein.
(OK, I don't know if any of it is actually good for you, but I feel oh so good when I eat it!)


Kristina P. said...

It sounds really good!!

Michelle said...

Well that sounds easy and fun, doesn't it? I bet I could even get the wee ones to eat this.

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