Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Hamburger Rummage Casserole

The full blown asthma has returned and taken my ability to talk, most of the time. This is killing me - I love to talk. Almost as much as I love to write! At any rate, I'm on several new steroids and fun drugs/sprays so here I am at 5 a.m. working on my blog. Perhaps I should be on these things year round, eh?

This What You Can Do With One Pound of Hamburger really is the gift that keeps on giving. While I promise I'll move on to another cookbook soon, I couldn't resist at least one more recipe.

The title of this recipe intrigued me. To me, 'Rummage' is a place here I can find more cookbooks. I looked it up on Wikipedia (Yes, I know I'm a librarian and likely have access to several cooking databases - but it's 5 AM...) Under the Romano Cheese entry, there is a bit of an explanation of rummaging curd, which is almost as bad as rummaging hamburger. You judge:

(From Wikipedia)
Romano cheese is made by a special method called "rummaging curd" which involves draining the curd quickly after molding. The surface is then pierced slightly before the cheese is salted. The cheese should age for five months before eating, and if the cheese is to be grated. Romano cheese has a fat content of 27%, and a water content of 32%.

Hamburger Rummage Casserole
1 pound hamburger
1 tsp. salt (oh boy)
2 tablespoons butter or fat
1 onion, sliced (the entire thing, apparently)
2 cups cooked, green beans or peas
1 cup cooked or canned corn
1 green pepper, sliced
2 raw tomatoes, sliced (raw as opposed to?)
buttered bread crumbs (because we all have these handy)

Combine meat and salt. (Gross) Melt butter. Add meat, brown slowly, stirring frequently. Arrange alternate layers of vegetables and meat mixture in buttered casserole. Cover with buttered crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven (350 F) about 40 minutes.

I see no rummaging in there.

Here's the 'Luncheon or Supper Menu' that came from. In addition to that fabulous casserole, you are supposed to serve:
Banana-Peanut Butter Salad
Whole Wheat Muffins
Stewed Figs or Prunes (You didn't really think I would cover an entire cookbook without mentioning prunes, did you?)
Cream (Um, in what form?)
Beverage (??)

Amy's addition: Pepto Bismol. This could clearly be a Weight Watchers menu, and not because of the fat content of the food - because no one would eat this.


Anonymous said...

Banana Peanut Butter Salad
Chef: Uarda Koll - Marysville, KS

Category: Side Dishes
1 (large) banana
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salad dressing
1 tablespoon milk
lettuce leaves

Directions: Cut banana in half, then half again. Place on lettuce leaf. Mix together peanut butter, sugar, salad dressing and milk, drizzle over banana.

Notes: I received this recipe at my shower in 1941.

Amy said...

What a great recipe - thank you! I love it when people send me their favorite family recipes...