Knock knock knock.
It seems, according to the TV cooking shows and commercials, that people are thinking about the upcoming Super Bowl. Now, I think that’s fun and all, and the halftime is usually an event, but it ain’t exactly the Tony Awards. Feel free to laugh at that sentence.
If you follow me regularly here, you know I am always trying to breed low-brow to high-brow. I am still trying to deduce a Spam chateaubriand.
That’s a joke.
But someone who shall remain nameless dared me. Challenged me. Threw down a gauntlet via social media. My initial response was NEVER NO NEVER. But the more I ruminated, the more intriguing the idea became.
So today I offer you Beanie Ween (shoved full of spaghetti noodles) and Lardon (and french fried onions) Spoon Appetizer.
What you need:
- 4 good quality hot dogs, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/3 package of spaghetti noodles, broken into thirds
- 1/2 of a large white onion, chopped
- 11 ounce can of Pork and Beans
- 1/3 cup lardon or coarsely chopped bacon chunks (www.Stantonmeats.com)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon hickory powder (www. kalustayans.com – see shopping guide)*
- 1/2 teaspoon malabar (coarsely ground black pepper)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon siracha**
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of beer (I give you permission to drink the rest)
- 1 cup french fried onions
*Can substitute 1/2 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke.
**This is the barely spicy version. I would ideally go for 2-3 teaspoons.
This is the fun part. Take your 1 inch wieners and stick the spaghetti pieces through them. Use about 5-6 per wiener. If you have kids or non-cooks around who like to “help,” this is a great assignment.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Bring about a quart of water to a boil in a sauce pan. Boil the “noodle wieners” for 6-7 minutes, just until the noodles start to bend. Remove and set aside.
In a sauce pan, cook the lardon until quite crispy. Remove from the pan. Add the onion to the bacon grease in the pan and sauté till translucent. Add the “noodle wieners”. Allow the wiener part to caramelize a little in the bacon grease. Don’t go crazy, just a light caramelization will do.
Turn off the heat. Add the can of Pork and Beans. Add all the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, adding the lardon back in the last couple of stirs.
Spoon into a pie plate lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. I actually used an aluminum one because, well, I am lazy.
Put into the pre-heated oven for 10-12 minutes. Check it, see how loose it looks. This is probably when you want to add the french fried onions. Sprinkle them on top, bake 8-10 more minutes, just until the onions start changing color.
Remove from oven.
Pre-set tablespoons or appetizer spoons on your serving piece.
Quenelle* the mixture using teaspoons into a football shape and ease into the pre-set serving spoons.
*Yeah, I am fancy. Get two spoons and with one, take a scoop, while with the other you sort of roll them back and forth between spoons to achieve an oval kind of football shape.
Try to get a french fried onion on top and make sure you can see the lardon.
Dazzle your guests! They are going to think you are KLASSY. I think you are, too.
The Gentleman Caller