Wednesday, July 25, 2012

MARBLED MACARONI

This old recipe came with the following recommendation: "Unexpected company and not quite enough to go around?  One can of luncheon meat (SPAM) and a package of macaroni can come to the rescue and your guests will think you planned your meal that way."  Your company will think you planned to serve SPAM?  Somehow I doubt it!

1 10-oz can condensed cream of celery soup
1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
8 ounces elbow macaroni (uncooked)
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon flour
1 12-oz can luncheon meat
dash pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
dash paprika
1/2 cup shredded American cheese
buttered bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped green pepper

Cook macaroni in boiling salated water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. Blend together tomato sauce with flour.  Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Combine tomato mixture, meat which has been cut in 1/4-inch squares, onion, green pepper, Worchestershire sauce and pepper.  Stir soup until smooth then mix lightly with macaroni.  Spread half of macaroni mixture in greased 9-inch square baking dish. Cover with meat sauce, then with remaining macaroni mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, then with buttered bread crumbs and paprika. Bake in moderate oven (350) 35 to 40 minutes.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

2 comments:

Kootenay Annie said...

I can remember in the late 1940's and early 1950's that we had a fair bit of spam ( or similar canned meat) meals. It would not have been out of the ordinary to be served a meal like this. Mom used to slice spam, and lightly fry it and serve it with eggs and home made fried potatoes and onions. That would be a breakfast/ brunch/ or supper.
She also made spam in small squares and made a sweet and sour sauce ( if we were lucky it had tinned pineapple chuncks) at the last minute she'd add frozen peas ( or fresh from the garden), and serve the works over rice. And we loved it! LOL, now I'd want more authentic Chinese, but then that was great.

Grandma aka Linda Wilson said...

Yes, Annie, we had meals like that, too. And like you, we thought they were wonderful. One of the fun things here in Texas is the annual SPAM contest in the food pavillion at the Texas State Fair every year. It is always fun and often tasty to see all the recipes folks come up with.