The next time you are asked to bring something to a potluck dinner, do yourself a favor and make this dish! I have been making it for 26 years now…ever since I got married and inherited the recipe from my mother-in-law Dorothy. It’s a classic “hotdish” recipe from the extensive Norwegian Lutheran population that settled in the Fargo, North Dakota area.
Oddly enough, about the same time I received this recipe from my mother-in-law, my Dad’s long-time secretary Rose, who also happened to be from North Dakota, shared a similar recipe with me. After making both recipes, I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I decided to combine the two!
The result is a bean dish that is always a hit no matter when or where I serve it. Decades of Norwegian Lutheran women from North Dakota can’t be wrong!
Grandma’s Five-Bean Hotdish
(All the cans I use are roughly 16 ounces each, but if your can(s) are bigger or smaller, no worries….this recipe is very forgiving.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the ground beef, bacon and onion together until ground beef is no longer pink. Drain fat.
This may SEEM like a summer picnic recipe, but trust me, no matter what time of year you serve this, you will have happy eaters! I’ve served this recipe at barbecues and picnics, church potlucks, and even holiday dinners to rave reviews.
Feel free to use whatever beans strike your fancy…you can’t really mess this up. Just throw all the ingredients in a big ol’ pot (or crockpot) and cook low and slow. Perfection.
What’s your favorite potluck recipe?