Woodcock, 1972- A Mid-Century Recipe Test

Posted on Jul 15 2015 - 4:25am by RetroRuth

Today we have a charming little luncheon dish for you.


This is Woodcock!

3.0 from 1 reviews
Serves: 6
  • 1 tsp minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • sliced olives
  • mango (this possibly means bell pepper!)
  • pimento
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 large chow mein noodles
  1. Make a cream sauce of the first four ingredients. Add cream cheese, stirring until smooth; then add mushrooms, mushroom soup, olives, mango and pimento for color and to taste.
  2. Mix all together over low heat, add eggs just before serving. Serve over nest of chow mein noodles.


*I have been informed in the comments that “mango” can sometimes refer to bell pepper in parts of the Midwest. Which makes a lot more sense for this recipe! Thank you, Debbie!

This recipe comes from the 1972 edition of The Guild Cookbook, which was a charity/community cookbook put out by the National Valparaiso University Guild. It doesn’t have a lot of explanation or information about this recipe, so we are just going to go with it. It has…mangoes in it.


Glorp. And yes, those are mangoes floating around in there.

Interestingly, there were a couple of recipes similar to this in this book, with the white sauce/cream cheese base and then different additions and called for serving them over different things like rice or shells. Maybe this dish was a big deal on the Valpo Guild circuit?


And on Tom’s forkful.

“What….the. What is this?”

“It’s Glorp. I mean…it’s Woodcock.”

“Really? Woodcock? That’s what it’s called?”


“Do you think it’s a typo?”

“Maybe. This whole thing seems a little strange.”



“I don’t know what I’m eating here.”

“There are mangoes. And olives.”

“I like it, but it’s not delicious.”

The Verdict: Likeable

From The Tasting Notes –

Very, very bizarre. This was creamy, tasted buttery and was very, very heavy. The texture coated your mouth and did not want to let go. It doesn’t taste like anything we’ve ever eaten or made before. Strangely, the closest taste we could come up with was…movie theatre popcorn. And not good stuff either, but the taste after it’s gone cold. Not horrible by any means, this actually tasted….I hesitate to say good. It tasted semi-pleasing and was edible. Something that would probably taste better the second time you’ve had it. As long as you leave out the mangoes. I don’t know that that was all about.

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12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Debbie July 15, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I’ve heard that people used to refer to bell peppers as mangos in some parts of the midwest. Not sure if that is the case in Indiana, but it would make the recipe a little less odd. 🙂

    • RetroRuth July 15, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply

      Oh my gosh, thank you! Yes, that WOULD make this slightly less odd. That makes this recipe test even more hilarious! 🙂

      • jackie July 15, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

        Yes, definitely bell pepper. Specifically, green bell pepper. I was in college before I realized that a mango was a tropical fruit and green peppers were, you know, green peppers. All of my older relatives called them mangoes.

  2. Amy July 15, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Holy cow, I grew up in Valparaiso, just a couple blocks from the university. I feel like I should apologize on behalf of the whole city for this.

    I’ve never personally heard bell peppers called mangos, but I’m only 40. I did find a very interesting article about it, though:


    • RetroRuth July 15, 2015 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Thank you for that article! Very interesting!

      And no need to apologize. Who knows where this recipe was originally from… 🙂

  3. Rick July 15, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    In PA, bell peppers are also referred as mangos by many of the old timers. My grandparents call stuffed peppers….stuffed mangos! 🙂

  4. Kara July 15, 2015 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    The link below explains the origin of the mango/green pepper mystery.
    My husband worked at a farmstand in Ohio during college and had multiple misunderstandings with “rural” types who asked for “mangos.”

    • Cybergranola July 15, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the link! I love odd trivia

  5. Jessica July 15, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Oh Tom’s expression is priceless. That made my day. Thank you.

  6. Lassie July 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Interesting! I always read these recipes and give them a make-over in my mind. would really love to know why it’s called ‘woodcock’, which is a little bird barbarically eaten in Europe, or was. How horrible is that, this is a whole lotta better.

  7. Mark. July 16, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Lived the first 30 years of my life in central Illinois and never once heard that use of “mango” — but apparently it persisted there until about when I was born (1961) according to a comment to one of the articles.

    As for the woodcock, at first I thought Scotch woodcock but my memory said that that’s nothing like this; checked and apparently it’s scrambled eggs and anchovies on toast, indeed different.

  8. Kim Campbell July 17, 2015 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I grew up in Indiana and green peppers were always referred to as mangoes. It might taste better?

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