Something For The Kids

This post is devoted to children. Now many of you will make these recipes for yourselves, and that’s great as well. I love coming up with new ways for my children to try new recipes. One of my children won’t eat hot dogs while another thinks eggs aren’t the greatest in the world. While I was constructing recipes for my friends at W.A. Bean and Sons, it clicked. Why not make something fun and delicious that would pique their curiosity at least to try certain food. Well, it worked! I happened to have been working on Bean’s Red Hot Dogs at the time, and here is what I came up with.

Spaghetti Reds

A fun way for children to enjoy pasta and hot dogs. It may seem like the preparation takes a while but actually, piercing the hot dogs with spaghetti is quick and easy. The spaghetti will turn a light red or pink in color because of the skin on the hot dogs. If you wish, use skinless hot dogs instead.

4 Bean’s Red Hot Dogs
1/4 lb. spaghetti
Parmesan cheese or prepared cheese sauce

Slice each Bean’s Red Hot Dog into 1-1 1/2 inch segments. Push 5 raw pieces of spaghetti through each segment, gently as to not break them. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Gently place prepared hot dogs into water and boil until just done, stirring gently. Remove, drain and serve with a pat of butter on spaghetti and a side of Parmesan cheese or gently fold in cheese sauce.

Bean’s Cheesy Red Benedict

I challenge anyone to find a child that enjoys Benedict Sauce. Here is a great alternative to the classic Eggs Benedict.

1 English muffin, split
2 eggs
1 Bean’s Red Hot Dog
Cheese sauce

Toast or grill English muffin; set aside. Split hot dog in half lengthwise. Bring 2 small pots of water to a boil. Cook hot dog in one of the pots of water just until done, drain*. Lay the English muffin halves on plate and lay the cooked hot dogs over the top.  Poach  eggs in other pot of water until desired doneness. Remove from water and gently place the eggs on top of hot dogs. Heat cheese sauce in microwave until hot and pour over the eggs.

*You can also grill the hot dogs in a skillet, it is just a matter of preference.

Bean’s Red Burger

What a great idea to have a little fun with your food.

1 Bean’s Red Hot Dog
1 hamburger bun
1 slice of your favorite cheese

Slice 1 hot dog at 1/2-inch intervals, cutting almost through. Place on grill over medium heat. Grill 5 minutes or until hot dog curls, turning once. Place 1 cheese slice on bottom half of bun; top with cooked hot dog and your favorite condiments.

Bean’s Grilled Cheese

A little heat, but not too much. Use other types of flavored cheese instead if desired.

2 Bean’s Red Hot Dogs
2 thick slices bread
Butter-flavored cooking spray
Spreadable cheese
1 slice Jalapeno Pepper Cheddar cheese, if desired

Slice Bean’s Red Hot Dogs in half lengthwise. Over medium-high heat, spray pan with cooking spray and grill hot dogs until browned and heated through. Remove to plate; set aside. Heat another skillet over medium-high heat. Spread spreadable cheese on one slice of bread. Spray one side of each slice of bread and begin grilling. Placing slice of Cheddar cheese on other slice of bread. Grill 30 seconds and close sandwich. Continue grilling until browned on both sides.