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Offline Pete Bog

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Cowboy Casserole and Cowboy Beans
« on: May 29, 2019, 12:14:37 AM »
The Wife has been cooking for 48 years. When we retired we (she) thought I should take on some of the meal fixin'. So, since I'm an amateur I'm always looking for something simple. Something that required simple measuring and simple prep. I figure I'll get better as time goes by. The first one I haven't tried yet but I think I can pull it off. It sounds simple enough.
Cowboy Casserole
Bake in a covered Casserole dish for 1 hour at 350*.
Layer of sliced potatoes
Layer of sliced onions
Layer of Browned Ground Beef (1 lb.)
1 16 oz. can of Baked Beans
1 can of tomato Soup
1 can of Mushroom soup

This next one I have fixed several times and even I haven't screwed it up. I like that you just heat it til it's hot and serve.
Cowboy Beans
1 lb. smoked sausage (sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick coins)
1 15 oz can corn (Drained)
1 15 oz. canned tomatoes diced
1 28 oz can baked beans. (Or two smaller cans)
1 cup BBQ Sauce (1/2 an 18 oz bottle is about right, just eyeball it)
1 large onion, chopped.
Heat it all in a large saucepan and when it's hot, simmer a few minutes and serve.
Recipe from a cook book at the museum in Dodge City KS.

I like that the measurements are full cans of stuff except the BBQ and then it's "about a 1/2 a bottle"

A few years ago I picked up a cookbook called "Yankee Hill Country Cooking" Heirloom recipes from rural kitchens by Beatrice Vaughan. Some of the recipes go back to 1700's and are made with real simple ingredients. Some are no longer available and substitutions need to be made. My copy was made in 1963 and of course, cast iron is a must for many recipes. Fried cottage cheese pancakes anyone?

1 c.  cottage cheese
1 Tsp melted butter
1 Tsp flour
2 eggs beaten
pinch of salt
Mix/beat all together, drop small cakes onto hot griddle, fry to brown, flip and fry to brown on other side. these things are delicate so be carefull when flipping. Serve with strawberries or just dust with sugar.


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Re: Cowboy Casserole and Cowboy Beans
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 06:27:47 AM »
You like them baked beans don't you?  lol.  I'll try these this summer in a DO.  We are going off the grid shortly until the middle of August.  Good thing I like cooking over an open fire and DO stuff.

Yeah... I think I'll pass on the cottage cheese pancakes.
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Re: Cowboy Casserole and Cowboy Beans
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 08:39:32 AM »
Good recipes Pete.  There are many versions of the cowboy casserole.  It is a dish we have eaten but never made to your particular recipe although we will try it.  Ours is, like yours, simple to make.  We put it together from what is on hand and it usually goes like this:

One bag of hash browns or an equal amount of shredded potatoes.
Package of breakfast sausage
Green chili peppers (whole is better than diced)  Your choice of hot or mild.
I can evaporated milk
four eggs
3 cups grated cheese of your choice.  Pepper Jack is good, so is Colby.

Brown the sausage and drain.
Mix the sausage with potatoes, peppers, and two of the cups of grated cheese.
In a mixing bowl put the evaporated milk and four eggs
In a greased or sprayed glass baking dish put the sausage and potato mix and pour the milk and egg  mixture over it.   Sprinkle the last cup of cheese over the contents.
Bake at 350* for 45 to 50 minutes. 

You can prepare this in a DO when camped out.  It can be eaten in a bowl or plate and is also good wrapped in a flour tortilla. 

We have substituted various kinds of sausage, ground beef, and used ham or bacon.  A pound of meat is about right but you can vary it with your whim.  You can throw in other things that you like such as cilantro, various other spices, and mushrooms.
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Re: Cowboy Casserole and Cowboy Beans
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 09:34:23 AM »
Stan,  I've made that a few times on campouts.  They devoured it.
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Re: Cowboy Casserole and Cowboy Beans
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 11:25:35 AM »
I would LOVE to be able to break out the Dutch ovens again, but the rain keeps putting my fire out! :'(  The nice thing about these cowboy-type recipes is they are
tasty, quick & easy to modify.

Thanks for the ideas, guys! :cheers:
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Re: Cowboy Casserole and Cowboy Beans
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2019, 08:01:42 PM »
Stan,  I've made that a few times on campouts.  They devoured it.

If the ground dries out I am going to make a DO full of it. 
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