I GOT THE 1973 CARDS, BITCHES!!!
Welcome to Dinner is Served 1973! Ready your self for 84 more dinners full of Jell-o, tarts, questionable foreign fare and canned tuna.
I made this inaugural dinner when I was home for the Christmas holiday. I had my parents pick what dinner they wanted. Out of selections like Cheese Nugget Spaghetti, Chicken a la King, Polynesian Tuna and Zippy Sirloin Strips, they picked 130. Hamburger Wheels.
When my mother was flipping through the cards she stopped and exclaimed, “Mystery Meat!”
My dad’s ears perked up. “Meat roll? I loved meat roll!”
Long story short, apparently the same company managed the cafeterias at both colleges my parents attended, so meat roll a.k.a. mystery meat was a staple when my parents were in school in the early 70s. My father was one of 2 people that my mum knew who liked mystery meat/beef roll.
Whatever you call it, Hamburger Wheels was their selection. Although my father was worried that there wasn’t a gravy.
There was. It was basically canned cream of mushroom soup.
An FYI, Hamburger Wheels makes me think of Wagon Wheel Watusi. Hit it, Cher!
But I digress, let’s get to the matter at hand, shall we?
First thing first, the Waldorf Salad. I used the Curry Waldorf recipe I used years ago in #57 Chicken Pot Pie. The recipe is a winner.
So then it comes to the beef roll–sorry, Hamburger Wheels–I refuse to believe that it was just because we used gluten-free Bisquick, but this dish went downhill quickly. The ground beef part was easy-peasy, but oh my, the dough. And the rolling. Or the non-rolling, if you will.
I mean, my dad helped me. We used parchment paper to spread out the gluten-free Bisquick and we put the meat mix on top. And we tried, oh how we tried to jelly roll that shit. But yeah. That’s what it looked like. A giant log.
And I know that there are a lot of different rustic dishes, that look like that, but these hamburger rolls were supposed to look like this:
But my version looked like this:
There ain’t nothing “wheely” about that shit.
But, whatever. This was the final dinner with the salad, broccolini, and mushroom soup gravy:
Dinner #130 was by no means horrible taste-wise, but there was way too much Bisquick for the amount of meat.
I promise that as I move on with the 1973 cards, I will try to do a much better job of recreating the dish like I used to!
But, you know, it was Christmas and I wasn’t in my own kitchen.
So I will try to make it up to you with this:
That is Steven in his Christmas wear.
Steven belongs to my brother and my sister in law. He is an absolute peach.
And if you’re curious as to what’s going on with his outfit–every year for Christmas Day we make prime rib and my mum buys Christmas crackers…
…which obviously include paper crowns.
Anyway, I hope everyone had a good holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or Festivus; and I hope that everyone has a fabulous 2017! Especially me because mine was a goddamned dumpster (trumpster?) fire.