Wednesday, December 5, 2012

You asked for it! The Enzler Family's Hot Dog Casserole Recipe

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Last week when Father John wrote a guest post for this blog, he thought he would rev up people's holiday spirit:
That simple but powerful principle – that it is more blessed to give than to receive – has stuck with me my whole life. And today, it is the very foundation of my work at Catholic Charities.
Turns out he also revved up some appetites in reminiscing about his mother's famous Hot Dog Casserole, a holiday staple in the Enzler house. When we got emails requesting the recipe, we went straight to the source. But since Father John isn't much of a cook, he referred us to his sister, Connie, who called the dish "the ultimate comfort food of the Enzler family." Here's the recipe she shared with us:

1/4 cup diced green pepper
2 tablespoons of butter
12 ounces of egg noodles
1 package of hot dogs, diced
1 1/2 cans cream of chicken soup
8 ounces grated cheddar cheese, divided
1/8 teaspoon curry powder

Cook the noodles.  Saute the green pepper in butter in a large pan.   Add the soup, six ounces of the cheese, curry powder and hot dogs until cheese is melted.  Add noodles to the soup mixture and stir (can add milk to thin the soup mixture if needed).Then pour into a two-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle remaining grated cheese over the top of the casserole.  Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.The recipe serves 6-8, though it can easily be expanded by adding more noodles!

It's simple fare, but isn't that the best part of the holidays - enjoying the simple things, like family and a warm meal? But for so many families, the holidays are a time of hardship. We are here to serve all our neighbors, and we rely on your support and prayers to carry out our work. So if this recipe warmed up your heart, please consider warming up one of your neighbors in need this Christmas:
1. "Adopt" a child from our e-Angel Tree - we still have over 300 kids whose parents are in the difficult situation of not being able to afford presents for them this year!
2. Make a contribution to our Christmas Fund Drive, which helps Catholic Charities bring life-changing help and hope to families in need, all year round!