Sunday, April 3, 2011

Banana Split Cake, Potato Salad and Crock Pot Baked Beans

Today was BBQ Sunday. These are the fruits of my labors.

First, I love this cake. I guess it is not really a cake, it's a layered dessert, but whatever. It's really good.

Banana Split Cake
2 c. crushed graham crackers
3 sticks of butter, softened
2 eggs (Use pasteurized eggs if you are worried about Salmonella. I used 1/2 c. of egg beaters).
16 oz. box of powdered sugar
20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, drained really well
4 bananas sliced
12 oz. cool whip
maraschino cherries, drained
nut topping
Melt one stick of butter and mix with graham crackers. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 6 minutes. Let cool. Next, mix the butter, eggs and powdered sugar until fluffy. Spread over the crust. Layer pineapple on top. Then place the banana slices evenly over the pineapple layer. Frost with cool whip. Sprinkle nut topping, then put one cherry on each piece. Keep refrigerated.

Next, I have been craving homemade potato salad ever since that first day it warmed up to 70 degrees. Potato salad is such an individual thing. You really have to taste it and adjust it as you go. Think of this recipe as a base and add what you want to suit your tastes.

Potato Salad
4 large baking potatoes
1 1/3 c. real mayo (not miracle whip)
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. paprika
2 stalks of celery, chopped up
4 hard boiled eggs
1/4 c. relish
2 T. diced pimentos
Boil water in a large dutch oven. Peel and chop the potatoes. Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes. Drain and cool. In a large bowl, mix the mayo, mustard, seasonings, relish, pimentos and celery. Chop the eggs in big chunks and add to the bowl. Taste the mixture and see if you like it. If it is too sour, add more mayo. If it is not sour enough, add mustard. Then add in the potatoes, mixing well. Refrigerate.

The nice thing about crock pot baked beans is that you can take them with you and not have to worry about keeping them hot. I have a slightly better baked bean recipe, but it takes more ingredients and is more time consuming. This one is much easier and still tastes great. I know the bag in the picture is not attractive but I always use slow cooker liners now. They are so worth it.

Crock Pot Baked Beans
1 pkg. already cooked bacon, chopped up
2 cans of pork and beans
1/4 c. dried minced onions
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/8 c. apple cider vinegar
2 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
Mix it all together in a medium sized crock pot and cook on high if you only have a couple of hours, or low if you have longer. If you have all day, put it on warm.

1 comment:

  1. an awesome addition to the banana split is, drizzle it with chocolate or sprinkle chocolate shavings on or in it.