The Menu For Minus-Five

With MF's next visit less than two weeks away, I'm busy making plans. The itinerary includes another trip to Faces (Who's game?) and the auction in Hiram, both at her request.

What she isn't counting on, though, are the home-cooked meals I'm going to prepare especially for her, some of Mamoo's favorite recipes from my own childhood. MF is sure to love them. (Of course, we'll have pizza one night.)

Filipino Fried Rice

2 cups cold cooked rice
1/2 lb. ground beef
3 sliced wieners
1 cup diced cabbage
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1 beaten egg
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper
3/4 cup ketchup

Brown ground beef and drain, then add cabbage, carrots, and sliced wieners. Cook until vegetables are soft. Add seasonings, then beaten egg. Stir until egg is cooked and add ketchup. Mix well and simmer for five minutes.

Spam Pie

9-inch deep dish pie shell
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup whipping cream
1 Spam classic 12oz can, cubed
2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed

Heat oven to 425°F. Bake pie shell 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven; reduce oven temperature to 350°F. In large bowl, combine eggs, whipping cream, and pepper. Stir in SPAM® and onion. Sprinkle 1 cup cheese in pie shell. Pour egg mixture over cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese over egg. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until set.

Hobo Dinners

Preheat oven to 350.
Take four 12-in square pieces of foil and place a quarter-lb. Ground beef patty on each. Then add to each, in order:

1 slice onion (not on TR’s, of course)
4 slices of potato
1/2 sliced carrot
1 slice raw bacon
1/4 cup of ketchup
salt & pepper

Close up foil into pouches, sealing all edges. Bake on cooking sheet for 1 hour.

***Sweet Treat***

Potato Candy

1/2 cup of leftover instant mashed potatoes (extra stiff)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
28 oz. powdered sugar (1.75 sixteen-ounce boxes)
Smooth peanut butter

In a mixing bowl, combine the leftover mashed potatoes, the vanilla and one cup of powdered sugar. Set the remaining powdered sugar (about 20 ounces) aside. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture becomes a thin syrup. Continue adding powdered sugar into the mix, while stirring thoroughly. As the remaining sugar is added, the mixture will become very stiff and difficult to stir.

Remove mixture from bowl and place on a sheet of waxed paper that is coated with powdered sugar. Dust a rolling pin with powdered sugar and roll out the mixture like a pizza crust (about 18 inches in diameter).

Using a spatula, spread a generous amount of peanut butter on the mashed potato candy and curl it up tightly, like a jellyroll. Wrap candy in waxed paper, and refrigerate for three or four hours. Cut into half-inch slices and serve.


MAMOO said...

mmmmm, mmmmm. i had forgotten about these wonderful dishes. thank you. i will cook some of these for granny.

Alena said...

Holy crap. I thougt I was the only person in the world that remembers hobo meals. Thanks for the recipe, it actually sounds like something the boys will eat.

(Looking back over my comment: Oh, god. I am a homemaker. When did this happen?)

Tania Rochelle said...

Alena, my kids cried the first time I cooked Hobo dinners.

Now, they're just happy if I feed them at all.

minus five said...

i'm canceling my trip.

Tania Rochelle said...

Not used to people being so nice to you, are you MF?

minus five said...

that menu is not what i would call "nice." its what i would serve someone i hated and hoped to kill.

Tania Rochelle said...

Mamoo fed me this stuff all the time when I was growing up!

minus five said...

exactly my point.

a/ok said...

Are you sure you're not Mid-Western? The only things you're missing are casseroles a.k.a "hot-plates" and pastys (soft A sound. And no, they are not something that dancers wear.)

Anne-Davnes said...

oh tania that potato candy is gonna make me barf.

i think i'd rather have a fried foot on a bed of pasta

minus five said...

be careful what you ask for, anne. she'll probably try to cook that foot for you.

Biggy said...

why can't we just have pizza?

Garey Simpson said...

Quality... I like it.

Alena said...

Hey, ya'll, don't toy with the hobo meals. There are definetly worse things than ground beef and taters.

Oh, and maybe the ticket to getting El Nino to stop bitching about his food is to not feed him. Thanks for the tip.

Jennifer said...

Damn, T. I would have spent half my life puking my food back up too if I'd been eating that stuff.

Tania Rochelle said...

I actually loved all of this.

Later, I graduated to tuna casserole and boxed wine.

Jennifer said...

Well, since we're confessing, I'll tell you that I still love a nice tuna casserole, even though the adult/health freak in me now prepares it with high-fiber, whole wheat pasta.

Anonymous said...

Good thing you have a variety of take out choices, or you could just starve while you are visiting.

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