Friday, August 5, 2011

Two selections from the 1971 Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library

Here are some interesting dinner recipes, courtesy of the 1971 Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library.

I don't have the complete set of these cards, which came in a nicely organized plastic box.1 I only have a few subcategories, such as "Hurry-Up Main Dishes," "International Favorites,"2 and "Seasonal Favorites."

Recipe #1 is for the simply named "Giant Burger." It calls for 1½ pounds of ground beef, cream cheese and various other ingredients. It makes four to six servings.

Recipe #2 is for the somewhat-bizarre "Green Bean Bunwiches." The first ingredient is one pint of frozen Make-Ahead Hamburger Mix, for which you need to refer to another recipe card.3

If you're interested in additional discussion of The Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library, check out Anjali Prasertong's June 2011 post on a website called "the kitchn." The commenters add some great memories about the recipe cards, and one of them mentions a website I definitely need to go check out -- "The Gallery of Regrettable Food."

1. The entire 1971 set, complete in the box, is a bit of a collector's item and would cost you more than $30 on Amazon. I didn't check the eBay prices or do any other comparison shopping, so you can probably find better prices.
2. Some of the "International Favorites" recipe cards include Gold Coast Stew and N├╝rnbergers. I can certainly share those in a future post.
3. Fortunately, I also have the card for "Make-Ahead Hamburger Mix," so none of us have to be stymied in our attempts to make "Green Bean Bunwiches." Here it is:

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