Thursday, January 21, 2010

Bargain Meal of the Week 1/21/10

It's time for another week of Bargain Meals! Erin over at $5 Dinners (a great read!) is hosting a gathering of bloggers all over the internet, creating frugal meals straight from the sales circulars of their favorite stores. Check it out for even more inspiration. I contribute every week for the current sales at Publix, which run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday. Keep in mind that you do not need to purchase two of a product to get the buy one get one price. Publix marks down their products to half price for the BOGO deals.

This is a great kid meal! The recipe calls for red potatoes, however I think Idaho would work just fine. Serve with steamed vegetables.

Items on sale that can be used in this meal:

Nathan’s Beef Franks, 12-16 oz, $4.99 BOGO (the Cadillac of hot dogs!)
Final Price: 2.49

Idaho Potatoes, 5 lb bag, $1.99

Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables, or Corn on the Cob, 50% off
-.50/1 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables SS 1/10
-$1/3 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables SS 1/10
-$1/2 Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables SS 1/10

Final Price: Free or Very Cheap

Hot Dog Casserole
from Taste of Home

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 5 medium red potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 package (1 pound) hot dogs, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  2. In a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish, layer a third of the potatoes, half of the hot dogs and half of the onions. Repeat layers. Top with remaining potatoes. Pour white sauce over all.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.

Yield: 8 servings.

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