Friday, April 23, 2010

1955 Recipe: Ham Macaroni Roll-Ups

Still on Quick Dishes for the Woman in a Hurry. Here is a recipe for Ham-Macaroni Roll-Ups. Roll-Ups really came into their own in this era of Vintage Cookbooks. They are everywhere, though not as prevalent as prunes of course.

This one is just weird. How on earth do you line up all those macaroni?

Grease bottom of 113/4x71/2x13/4 in. baking dish. Heat to boiling in a large saucepan:
1 1/2 qts. water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Break into halves and add gradually: 4 oz. uncooked tube macaroni. (Tube Macaroni? Why not just use spaghetti?)
Boil rapidly, uncovered, 10 - 15 min.
Test tenderness by pressing a piece against side of pan with fork or spoon. Drain macaroni by turning it into a colander or large sieve; rinse with hot water to remove loose starch. (YUM)  While macaroni is cooking, prepare:
2 cups Cheese Sauce (Use 14 1/2 can evaporated milk and 1/3 cup water for milk; add 1 tsp. dry mustard with dry ingredients). (Refers loosely to another recipe in here - just melt some nice cheddar or even Velveeta mixed with butter and milk.)
Divide macaroni into 6 bundles. Wrap around bundles and secure with wooden picks: 6 thin slices cooked ham. Arrange bundles in baking dish; pour hot cheese sauce over ham. Set temperature control of range at Broil. Place baking dish in broiler with top of ham about 4 in. from source of heat; broil about 3 min., or until lightly browned.  Remove wooden picks from roll-ups before serving. (Thanks for the tip.)

Wow. That's a lot of nonsense. Make some mac and cheese and cut up some ham slices and sprinkle on top. Broil or zap in microwave for a little bit.

My son was worn out from our day at the library. He did have scheduled activities all morning, then in the afternoon we cleaned out all the teen prizes and craft supplies. Perhaps that second trip to the basement did him in.

Today I'm talking briefly about teen programs at a local event at the LaGrange Public Library in the company of some YA dynamos around here. In the afternoon Kimberly Bolan Cullen will talk about Teen Spaces. Should be lots of fun!

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