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!
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.
- 4 Rolls
- 4 1/2 oz. can Underwood Deviled Ham
- 2 tbsp. Mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp. Sweet Pickle Relish
- 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…
It isn’t too terrible, until the pickle sort of stabs you in the tonsils.
The Verdict: Not great. Adorable presentation overwhelmed by pickles.
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.
On the one hand, fantastic! Ham boats! Genius!
On the other hand, gross.
Ha! I love his commitment with the costume! Wow, deviled ham. I ate so much of that as a kid that even as a longtime vegetarian, I can still taste it in my mind. Buzz’s grimace in the last photo pretty much says what I’m thinking.
Buzz’s expression is priceless! These are very cute-but I agree with the other commenters-yuck!
They did end up cute, didn’t they? But man, that is a lot of pickle!
THere was a time in my life that I liked deviled ham. A little mayo is really all you need to add. Maybe a pickle slice on the sandwich. I had a deviled ham sandwich last year, though, and wondered why I ever liked the stuff. Guess our tastes change.
Imagine serving that at your child’s birthday party? Yikes! I can only imagine the cake that goes with it!
A little Deviled Ham goes a long way. That’s why it’s sold in such teensy cans. IMO. Now, ham and pickle salad, home made or store bought? YES please! But please, forget this retro Deviled Ham carp, no one really eats that any more.
I have to say, Underwood really missed an opportunity here. That sail is begging to be made out of American cheese!
Indeed, it was an interesting mixture…
He’s having a lot of fun with tasting photo poses — the snorkel here belongs to our six-year-old, but he wedged it on!
I don’t think most kid’s parties have sandwiches at all nowadays, let alone fancy boat-shaped ones! Must have been a fun time…
Darn it — the cute factor there tempts me to make them again, but ew deviled ham salad…
Well, certainly no one SHOULD eat it. But there are silly people like me and Buzz out there…
I know there are a lot of things I used to find delicious that I now find unappealing. (And then I make something like this, and find new unappealing things…)
I was really glad I got that face recorded for posterity!
Adorable. Thank you for the recipe! (I think!)
I remember begging for Deviled Ham in those little cans a kid. I don’t know that I liked it that much but they were SPECIAL.