Thursday, October 23, 2014

A pair of "Appetizing Recipes From Canned Foods"

Holy moly! We haven't had any new old recipes on here since August 6, back in the dogs days of summer.

So let's enjoy a couple from "Appetizing Recipes From Canned Foods." This 44-page staplebound booklet was published by the American Can Company of New York City.

The American Can Company was incorporated in 1901 and decades later, following a series of incomprehensible transactions, somehow formed part of the basis of the creation of Citigroup. Which makes me a little sad.

But we'll always have the recipes from back when the company was part of the Tin Can Trust and held one of the largest military production contracts in the United States.

One of the recipes, by the way, is called "Meat Salad Mold" and it's salmon-colored. We're not going to go there. Also, "Jellied Beet Salad" is right out.

Tomato Corned Beef Hash Cutlets
  • 1 1-pound can Corned Beef Hash
  • 2 medium-sized Tomatoes, peeled and chilled
  • Prepared Mustard1
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced Onion
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Margarine
Chill hash in can at least 6 hours or longer; remove from can by cutting both ends. Cut hash in 6 slices; place in shallow baking pan; spread tops with mustard. Cut tomatoes into ½-inch slices; placed on top of hash. Sprinkle tomato generously with salt and pepper then 1 teaspoon onion. Cover with bread crumbs and dot with margarine. Bake in moderately hot oven 375° F. about 30 minutes remove from pan with wide spatula to warmed serving plate and garnish with parsley or watercress. 6 servings.

Baked Crispy Peaches
  • ½ No. 2½ can Peach Halves2
  • ¾ cup Cornflakes
  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Butter or Margarine
Drain peach halves. Crush cornflakes lightly. Rolls peach halves in cornflakes. Place peaches, hollow side up, in baking dish. Fill centers with sugar; dot with butter or margarine. Pour ¼ cup juice around peaches. Bake in moderately hot oven 375° F. for about 25 minutes until browned. Serve warm with cream or evaporated milk. 4 servings.
NOTE: Other cereal flakes may be used in place of cornflakes.3

1. Unprepared Mustard, on the other hand, is kind of pathetic. It's that condiment that always shows up late for the exam, wearing a T-shirt from last Tuesday and having not studied at all.
2. According to a chart elsewhere in the booklet, a No. 2½ can holds approximately 3½ cups and is used primarily for fruits, spinach, tomatoes, sauerkraut, beets and pumpkin.
3. For example, Kaboom or Sir Grapefellow breakfast cereals.

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