While growing up in the Amish, we didn’t have crock pots, because electricity was forbidden. Recently when I had leftover hot dogs from a cook-out I remembered this hot dog and potato casserole my aunts made for us (yes, Amish can eat hotdogs too!) and decided to develop a crock pot version. This cheesy hot dog and potato dinner is budget friendly, kid friendly and is very easy to toss together, making the perfect weeknight meal for our family!
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Amish hot dog casserole (adapted to crockpot)
- 1/3 cup chicken broth
- 5 medium potatoes, cubed (peeling optional)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 4 oz. canned mushroom pieces (or fresh, sliced mushrooms)
- 1/2 cup diced onion (white or yellow)
- 4 hot dogs, sliced (your choice of cheddar, regular, beef, etc.)
- 10.5 oz. cream of cheddar soup
- 10.5 oz. cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 teaspoon season all (Lawry's salt)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- shredded cheese of your choice
- fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
- Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup chicken broth into a 3-4 quart crock pot, you will need enough to cover the bottom of the crock pot.
- Place the potatoes on top of the chicken broth in the crock pot and season lightly with salt and pepper. Layer the diced onion and mushroom pieces over the cubed potatoes, then layer the hot dog slices over top.
- Whisk the soups, season all and garlic salt together in a medium sized bowl. Pour the soup mixture evenly over the hot dogs, veggies and potatoes, ensuring the potatoes are well covered.
- Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3.5 to 4 hours until the potatoes are soft. If you wish you can stir the mixture half way through the cooking process. Add shredded cheese at the last ten minutes of cooking and allow to melt. Garnish with diced parsley (optional) and enjoy!
I like to use cheese franks in this recipe but regular or beef franks could also be used. I haven’t tried sausages yet, but I believe they would be delicious in the casserole if you prefer them over hot dogs!
Garlic powder can be used instead of garlic salt, simply add a little more salt (to taste) to the soup mixture or cut the salt out entirely (from the soup mixture) if you wish to reduce sodium.
I am generally not a huge fan of cream of soups, but in this casserole they go so well together so I took the easy route!
Although fresh parsley is optional, I highly recommend it if you have it on hand and like the flavor. It helps to elevate this simple casserole into something more sophisticated.
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