Hey guys! RetroRuth here, and I just wanted to introduce you to a new feature here on Mid-Century Menu! Over the last couple of months, I have become aware of two things:

1) Taking care of a baby takes up a lot of time.

2) I have more recipes in my collection than I can ever test in my lifetime.

In light of these discoveries, I have decided to round up some help. So, from now on Sunday will be a guest test post! Erica from Retro Recipe Attempts has been kind enough to volunteer to help me out with my enormous backlog of testing, and she even convinced her husband to pose for tasting photos somehow. That is dedication! So, everyone welcome Erica, and enjoy the additional tested goodies!

By Erica

RetroRuth sent this to the Retro Recipe House with my kids in mind, which is wise.

If we don’t give the kids something fun and appealing every now and then, they completely refuse to try any retro recipes.


Ham Boats
  • 4 Rolls
  • 4 1/2 oz. can Underwood Deviled Ham
  • 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. Sweet Pickle Relish
  1. Fill 4 scooped-out ROLLS with 1 Family Size (4 1/2-oz.) can UNDERWOOD DEVILED HAM mixed with 2 tbsp. MAYONNAISE, 2 tbsp. chopped SWEET PICKLE (or 2 tbsp. sandwich spread). Cut a “sail” from colored paper. Secure with toothpick “mast”.


You’ll notice that a mashed potato tropical island isn’t part of the recipe. That was a completely unscripted addition to up the fun factor. (Plus, if the ham boats were totally nasty, the kids wouldn’t hate me forever.)


I love an easy recipe. Dump and mix.

I don’t really love a recipe where, when you dump something out of a can, it comes along with some weird yellow fat stuff.


You can fill pretty much any kind of roll with this: long ones, short ones, whatever you’ve got. And don’t forget the paper sails…


Buzz was totally prepared for this tasting. Boating safety is important, kids. Although I guess he can’t actually taste it with the snorkel, huh…

ahoy tasting1 tasting2


It isn’t too terrible, until the pickle sort of stabs you in the tonsils.

The Verdict: Not great. Adorable presentation overwhelmed by pickles.

Tasting notes:

The amount of pickle was totally out of proportion, and this ended up being rather soggy and sour. Overall it wasn’t terrible, though. The sails and roll-boats are just too cute. Add paper umbrellas if you want to even more thoroughly distract diners from what they’re eating.