Saved by Pantry – again. Football: Bah humbug.

Okay, so sometimes my husband has the brain of a gnat. I still love him but at noon today, he tells me he has invited several of his friends to come watch VA Tech and Alabama play football at……5:30. First game of the season and Hokie that my husband is, he has been marking off this day on the calendar with alternating burgundy and orange X’s.

After I landed back on the floor after shooting up to the ceiling, I made an immediate survey of my pantry and freezer. Times like this make me glad I am obsessive-compulsive about always being prepared to feed a horde of hungry gamers, not to mention several guys stoked for the first football game of the season.

So the menu is:  Calico Beans, salsa and chips, sausage and cheese balls, Dump Cake, Jalapeno Cornbread. Easy and I have everything on hand. Several pitchers of lemonade, sweet tea, and cans of cold sodas will keep them hydrated. The pantry saved my husband – this time.  Payback will occur when it is basketball season and Duke is running wild.   どうぞめしあがれ (douzo meshiagare) Y’all!

 

calico beans

 

Calico Beans
•4 ounces bacon, about 10 to 12 slices (jar of bacon pieces)
•1 pound lean ground beef
•1 cup chopped onion
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
•1 tbsp. dry mustard
• 2 cans pork and beans
• 1 can lima beans or black beans, drained
•1 can kidney beans, drained
•1/2 cup ketchup
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 tbsp. vinegar
Dashes of Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce.

Preparation:
Brown bacon, ground beef, and chopped onions. Combine drained ground beef mixture in slow cooker with remaining ingredients; cover and cook on LOW for 3 to 5 hours.

Sausage and Cheese Balls
2 pounds pork sausage (hot or mild) or turkey sausage
1 1/2 c. buttermilk baking mix
16 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
Let ingredients come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Combine the sausage, baking mix, cheddar cheese, onion, and garlic powder. Mix well and form into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. I use baking parchment to line baking pan.

 

 

dump cake

Dump Cake
•1 (20 ounces) can crushed pineapple, undrained
•1 (21 ounces) can prepared more fruit cherry pie filling
•1 (18.25 ounces) box yellow cake mix
•2 sticks (1 cup or 16 Tablespoons) of butter or margarine, each cut into 12 slices
•1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, peanuts, etc., your choice)

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 for glass baking dish). Have a 9 by 13-inch baking pan ready.
Dump undrained pineapple baking dish or pan and spread it out evenly.
Using a spoon, dump globs of cherry pie filling evenly on top of the pineapple.

Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry and pineapple layers. Cut butter into slices with a butter knife and place slices evenly over cake mix. Sprinkle nuts on top if you’re using them.

Bake for one hour. Use heavy oven mitts to remove the dump cake. To serve, scoop cake out with a large spoon like a cobbler, and dump it on a nice plate. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is delicious with dump cake. Serve warm or cold.
I used vanilla cake mix and added some fresh blueberries I had on hand. This is my favorite go-to and to eat dessert.

 

 

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Jalapeno Cornbread

1 cup buttermilk (or milk)
1/4 cup oil or butter
2 eggs
1 cup cornmeal (I use a local yellow stoneground)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced

Directions
Mix the buttermilk, oil and eggs. Mix the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
Mix the dry ingredients in to the wet and then mix in the jalapeno peppers. Pour the Mixture into a grease 9×5 inch loaf pan and bake in a preheated 375F oven until a toothpick pushed in the center comes out clean, about 30-40 minutes.  if you have them on hand, some chopped green scallions add an extra pop to this.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bernice
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 20:57:38

    Wow – he is lucky to have you! What a great spread of food!

    Reply

    • kanzensakura
      Aug 31, 2013 @ 21:09:15

      Yes, he is very lucky. The Hokie Horde aka plague of locusts, licked the plates clean. Last time this happened, the wives got together and gave me a Legos Death Star kit as a thank you. I try to keep fat and sodium down as much as possible with these meals. When I head back into the kitchen, my husband will have repaid me by cleaning up.

      Reply

  2. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 21:57:10

    You pulled off a yummy sounding meal, lucky guy! 🙂

    Reply

  3. seeker
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:15:31

    Food for the soul, was there any air show after?

    Reply

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