You would never have caught me saying that I loved school lunches when I was growing up. The food that my mom, grandmothers, and aunts made at home was far superior to anything that was served to us at school. There were a couple of meals, however, that I did really like. One was maidrites (or sloppy joes or taverns--whatever you call them) and the other was beans and wieners. I know, I know. I suspect that most of the other kids thought what you're thinking because by the time I was in high school, we never had them anymore.
Beans and wieners were always served with a piece of delicious cornbread and a helping of canned pineapple. This combination never changed, and that was fine with me. These days, this is a meal that I make on one wood cookstove or another at least once a year using foods that I have canned on a wood cookstove.
In my previous post, I wrote about how to make homemade cornbread in a wood cookstove. While that is baking, I use the heat of the stovetop to make my beans and wieners.
In the picture below, you can see a home-canned jar of pork and beans processed on the Margin Gem last year that I wrote about in this post. The half-pint jar is extra tomato sauce from when we canned Homemade Heinz Ketchup last summer. You can read about that recipe at this post. The jar on the right is a pint of home-canned pineapple. I blogged about that here. If you've ever had home-canned pineapple, you'll never want to buy a can of it in a grocery store again. It is SO GOOD!
Of course, the remaining item in the picture is the package of hot dogs. I have to admit that, in my opinion anyway, the cheaper the hot dogs, the better the beans and wieners taste. I don't even want to think about why.
The home-canned pineapple sends this meal over the top, and I don't know why I don't make it more often.
So delighted to find your blog! Out wood cookstove gets delivered in 2 weeks! Got a lot of learning to do!ReplyDelete
Congratulations, Amy, and welcome to my blog! Let me know what make and model you have coming. Once you've got it set up and have used it a while, I would also love to do a "Reader's Cookstove" post about your stove. Stay in touch!ReplyDelete
Having grown up as neighbors with one of the lunch ladies making this meal at our school, I know why they always combined these three foods. She always said that this combo "made a complete protein."ReplyDelete
A quick search just revealed that beans have all of the essential amino acids except one, and that corn supplies that missing amino acid. So yes, beans and corn together do create a good supply of protein. The hot dogs supply.... well, I hesitate to say more protein, because that's questionable. The pineapple is just there for yum. I think the lunchroom staff at our school thought all of the components were needed for that complete protein, when really it was just the beans and corn.
I still always serve cornbread and pineapple with beans & wieners at my house, too. We were trained well.