Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cooking with Dr. Monkey (mid-century recipe edition)

Today's episode: Golden shrimp puff.

Some friends of ours held a Mid Century Potluck the other night and I made a dish from a recipe I found in the 1967 edition of the Betty Crocker Hostess Cookbook.  I chose this dish because it looked easy to make and I thought it might taste good, but mainly because it looked easy to make.

I started out by boiling, then cleaning, then chopping up my shrimp.  I boiled it in Old Bay seasoned water to give it a little flavor because the rest of the recipe was light on the herbs and spices.

Next I cut off the crusts from ten slices of white bread, then I cubed up the slices, and laid them to rest in my rectangular Pyrex baking dish.

Then in my giant measure cup, I cracked six eggs and whisked them together.

To the eggs I added three cups of milk, 3/4 tablespoon of dried mustard, 1/2 tsp of salt, and two tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley and I mixed it all together.

Then I dumped in two cups of reduced fat cheddar, the recipe called for 'processed American cheese,' but I sacrificed that bit of authenticity.  I dumped my shrimp in and then I poured the mixture over my bead cubes:
It went in to the oven next and I baked it at 325 for about 50 minutes.

When it came out of the oven it was indeed puffy.  It puffed up to twice it's original size and had I followed the recipe, I should have served it right then, but I didn't.  I let it sit and cool some and then we took it to the party about an hour later and it deflated and became kind of rubbery.

The verdict:  It tasted kind of odd and it severely lacked spices and flavoring.  The egginess of it was almost overpowering.  It tasted like baked eggs that let other shit get in it's way.  Would I make it again?  Probably not but it was fun to try it.

The other food at the party was actually very good, aside from the fact that most of it consisted of various incarnations of Spam and Jell-O based creations.  My dish was an also ran in a tight field of surprisingly tasty dishes from the past.

1 comment:

gmb said...

My mother used to make a tuna noodle casserole that people actually enjoyed. Otherwise, we got to skip the horrific food atrocities os the 60s and 70s.