That’s what drew me to the “Family Favorite” dinner from Meals In Minutes, a volume from the Better Homes & Gardens Creative Cooking Library. I just acquired this gem when I went back home to Pittsburgh last month. With it I scored 12 other BH&G cookbooks (different years and series). I hit the jackpot. Each one was only $1. The little glossy-covered ones from the Creative Cooking Library are all First Edition 1963 and had never been opened. I swear–I opened this one and the binder made that new-book-crack sound. I am very excited by this new acquisition and I plan on making lots of dinners from these books.
“Family Favorite” is from the chapter Big Time Broiler Meals–meals that can be completely prepared on one pan in the broiler.
Well, after the baking marathon that was #107 Seafood Mousse, I loved the idea of something quick and easy. I prayed my tiny apartment-sized oven would accommodate a Big Time meal in its modestly-sized broiler.
Did I just read “It’s the cut that makes them curl–” and “sour cream topping makes beans “special””? I’m officially in love with this book.
So I cut my franks and then got everything together on the broiler pan. Instead of pulling out baking dishes I made little boats out of tin foil. Also, they didn’t have little potato pancakes at the Safeway so I used a can of potatoes from my cupboard and dolled them up with some paprika.
Holy shit. They curled. They actually curled.
So onto some rye bread my little circle pups went, their broiled meat arms gently wrapped around poultry seasoning-flavored sauerkraut (I didn’t have just sage) and topped with Stadium Mustard. Oh, don’t forget the the sour cream that makes those canned green beans “special.”
How ’bout them puppies?
OK, no lie, I liked the “Family Favorite.” It was like a hot dog Reuben sans 1000 Island Dressing. And I forgot that I liked canned green beans. Seriously, I like canned green beans.
And I really liked that it all cooked in one pan. Clean up was a breeze. Plus, the entire meal, from cutting the hot dogs to plating, took all of 25 minutes. Meals In Minutes did not lie. Good on ya, Better Homes & Gardens.
For dessert I chose the Peach Melba. Vanilla Ice Cream on a canned peach half. Well, that couldn’t be simpler. For the topping I used homemade Blackberry Syrup. Now, don’t get too excited–it wasn’t made in my home. My friend Wendi from Bon Appetite Hon made it and you can too! Learn how here. It’s rather good and a bit spicy!
So the “Family Favorite” was a keeper.
Speaking of my family, I would like to share a new photo of Brian. My pride and joy.