Tuesday, July 11, 2006

While I bought the ingredients a few days ago, plumbing issues at home and a lot of summer programs at work kept me from trying this recipe until tonight!

Well, we didn't relish this dish. That is, it tasted ok, even with the Spam, except for the funky relish taste. If you are going to copy this one, you can use the low-Sodium Spam, but pass on the relish. It did make up in a snap, though. I also passed on the suggested Parsleyed Rye Bread.

Moving on to more culinary tests. While I purchased a myriad of groceries for different dishes, including a very suspect looking 'deviled ham' I believe I will next try the Stuffed Burger Bundles, still from the Jiffy book. The left version above is mine; the right the book's.

1 cup herb-seasoned stuffing mix
1/3 cup evaporated milk (when I checked to see if I had this, I had a very overdue one - so check those expirations.
1 pound ground beef
1 10 1/2 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup (something no suburban cook is ever without)
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon catsup

Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Combine evaporated milk and meat; divide in 5 patties. On waxed paper, pat each to 6-inch circle. Put 1/4 cup stuffing in center of each; draw meat over stuffing; seal. Place in 1 1/2 quart casserole. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over meat. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Makes 5 servings.

I have a few questions about this:
1. Is that 1 cup of stuffing before or after it is prepared - I would think this would make a big difference.
2. A 6 inch circle? Really? OK...

The Menu suggested for this meal includes Hot Deviled Potatoes or Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cranberry Star Mold, Lemon Sauced Cake or Blender Pots De Creme, along with Coffee or Milk.

Here's a picture of the Cranberry Star Mold: The caption on this one is intriguing: "Cranberry Star Mold has built-in convenience. Serve it the first night with Stuffed Burger Bundles; refrigerate any remaining salad to use with dinner another day." Convenient, eh?

There are like four paragraphs about how to unmold gelatin, but they can't describe how much stuffing I should use?

On to my reading. I just finished The latest Anne Tyler Book, Digging to America, about two families with adopted children from Korea. It was wonderful - meaningful and enjoyable and thought provoking all at the same time as many of her books are. Being an adopted parent made the book poignant for me, but I know many others who have liked this one as well. My favorite of hers will always be Saint Maybe, but this is a close second.

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