One part of being frugal means making use of leftovers as much as possible, even the small amounts. Learning how to make your own beanie-weenies for a quick snack is one way to use leftovers in a thrifty way! And, in my opinion, they make a great fall dish, with a hint of summer (am I the only one who equates hot dogs and summer?!)
As a kid, I loved to open a can of beanie-weenies, and eat them right then and there with a spoon. My love for them probably had a lot to do with the fact both my older brothers were huge fans! I was born so many years behind them that, anything they liked I liked too so I could tag along and be like them!
My dad and brothers built houses and my mom would buy those little individual cans of beanie-weenies to send for their lunch. When they would come home, my middle brother would give me his beanie-weenies, if he hadn’t eaten them at lunch, and I was in heaven! Instant fandom right there!
As I got older, I didn’t always buy beanie-weenies, although I would for my kiddos as a treat. One day, though, hubby mentioned how much he loved beanie-weenies and wondered if I could make him some? So what did I do? I replied the way I always do: “Of course, dear!” LOL
My light bulb moment was after we had grilled hot dogs one Saturday night and had a boatload of leftovers. I was cleaning the fridge on Monday, and saw all the hot dogs and baked beans and thought “HEY! I can use those to make beanie –weenies!”
So I want to share my quick and easy way to make this great little snacks that’s perfect for after school, a quick late night treat, or as the perfect side dish to a last minute cookout.
EASY TO MAKE BEANIE-WEENIES
You will need:
- 6 to 8 hot dogs (these can either be a pack of hot dogs, or leftovers from cookout fun)
- Baked beans (again – you can use a large can (28 ounces)
Cut your hot dogs into small pieces – you can choose the size you want to use. If you are using a new pack, you’ll want to cook them – boil, grill, or roast in a griddle on a frying pan.
Warm your beans on the stove in a sauce pan.
Add in the hot dogs and stir.
Let warm until bubbly. You can add in seasonings if you like – small amount of brown sugar or honey, mustard, onions, etc. – whatever your family likes.
That’s it! Serve and enjoy the warm deliciousness!
I did not get a picture that I had planned of the finished product looking yummy in a great Pyrex bowl. When I walked back in to check on the progress, the pot was empty and both sons and hubby were enjoying the dish! This looks like what I found when I walked in the kitchen…..
At least I know they liked them. 🙂 So – this frugal use of leftovers makes up quick and can be used for a snack, a meal or anything in between! In fact, I’ve used this as a side dish with this Salisbury Steak recipe and Shepherd’s Pie both in the past.
Do you like beanie-weenies? Have you ever made your own before? Let me know in the comments below if you try these and how they turn out for you.
Until next time