Hi, Everyone!! Welcome to another great Mid-Century Menu. This week Tom and I decided to go back to one of the basics of mid-century cooking. But not gelatin. We aren’t feeling crazy enough this week to go that far. We decided to pick a tamer basic. Spam.
I know! Exciting, isn’t it??
Anyway, this week’s pick comes from the the Casserole Cookbook, which was published in 1968 by Favorite Recipes Press. This sucker has 500 casserole recipes in it, to assist the American homemaker in preparing nourishing meals for her family. That’s what it says. And then, they print recipes like this:
No offense, Dorothia, but holy cow, this is healthy? I suppose it is by mid-century standards. It contains meat, beans, fruit and bread. But goodness. I bet I can guess what happened to dear Dorothia. And her husband.
But enough of that. On with the cooking!
You can see the kitten’s cage in the background, but not a kitten in sight. That is because they are all swarming around my ankles, wanted to get picked up. Or maybe trying to get some Spam. Well, one of those things.
The onions, sauteing in butter.
Beans! And lots of them.
Spam slices and pineapple slices. A match made in heaven. Or something.
The “glaze” for the Spam: mustard, brown sugar and pineapple juice.
The first casserole layer goes down, the bean mixture.
The Spam “tree”.
The “glaze”. Kind of looks like a can of beans sneezed on the casserole.
Finally, and bizarrely, biscuits. Yum. Love that triple-bleached goodness!
The lazy casserole, fresh from the oven.
I rolled my eyes, “Shut up, Tom.”
“No, really. I am excited about this.”
And here he is, cramming in the first mouthful.
“So, does it taste like you expected?”
He nodded, “Pretty much. Tastes like Spam and beans.”
I took a bite, he was right. Overall, it tasted like Spam and beans. Pretty non-offensive, if you can stomach a good helping of Spam. The bottoms of the rolls were kind of gooey, but that is what you get when you try to bake them over beans.
“You know,” Tom munched away happily, “you should call this ‘Apocalypse Casserole’ on the blog. Because I am pretty sure this is what they will be eating after society falls. No refrigeration for any of this stuff.”
“What about the biscuits?”
“Eh, I am sure they really don’t need to be refrigerated either.”
The Verdict: Spam and beans. It was edible, but not healthy at all.