I hadn’t seen my big sister for a couple of years so I was quite excited that she would be visiting So. California (she said it was to visit family and meet our new niece, but I know it was to escape the dreary upper Midwest March weather). My sister and her husband also enjoy cooking so I was eager to try out a new recipe from the Betty Crocker Your Share wartime cookbook. The other recipes in the book had been a success (and I’ll be sharing these with you), why wouldn’t this one for the Six-Layer Dinner (serves 6) be a success, too? With visions of war-time comfort food dancing in my head, I picked her up at the airport.
This recipe requires a two hour cooking time and I hadn’t prepped the ingredients (I was too busy trying to finish Baby Alice’s dress) so while my sister finished up the mei tai carrier she was making for Alice’s parents using denim and an adorable monkey print (it’s an Asian-style baby carrier), I prepared the ingredients using the food processor and popped it into the oven. (Hey, I may be a modern retro woman, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t take advantage of some modern tools!) I should have taken a photo before putting it into the oven. That’s just how good it looked. As it baked, the yummy fragrance filled the house and we were really looking forward to eating it.
Six-Layer Dinner (From Betty Crocker’s Your Share: How to Prepare Appetizing, Healthful Meals with Foods Available Today, (c) 1943)Place in layers in greased shallow baking dish (8 x 12 in)… 2 cups sliced raw potatoes 2 cups chopped celery 2 cups ground beef 1 cup sliced raw onions (or less, if desired) 1 cup finely cut green pepper (or less, if desired) 2 cups cooked tomatoes (I used canned tomatoes)
Season layers with… 2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper
Garnish with green pepper slices. Bake about 2 hours in moderate oven (350º F.)
The Mister arrived home just in time for dinner. With great flourish, I opened the oven door and discovered a rather shriveled up looking dinner. It went downhill from there. Despite how good it smelled, the goodness didn’t translate to a yummy dinner. In fact, it was rather bland tasting.
I should have prepared the Pinwheel Meat Roll. Now that is a meat loaf worthy of company!
I’m not quite ready to write this recipe off, but it does need a little extra something. What do you think could be added to make it work? (Kathy, have you tried this recipe, yet?)