Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Boston What????

One of my bloggy friends was talking about retro recipes found in old community cookbooks and how gross some of them seem now,  but she makes them anyway.  That got me thinking of a family recipe that Lloyd's father used to make. 

SIL Cheryl, Me, FIL Ralph, SIL Joyce, MIL Thelma - 1970

They all enjoyed it and so did I once I joined the family and was served it and then learned to make it myself.  Dad always called it Boston Bitch! but when I started making it for our family we just called it Boston B.  It wasn't until they were adults that the kids finally learned what it's original name was.  Most of them didn't like it but I kept making it hoping they'd develop a taste for it.

Here's how it's made.  Try it - you'll like it...maybe.

1.  Brown a pound or so of ground beef, chopped onion, salt and pepper in a skillet until the meat is brown and crumbly.

2.  Put it in a large bowl and add leftover mashed potatoes (or 4-5 freshly cooked and mashed potatoes) and a can of condensed tomato soup.  Mix well.

3.  Put mixture in a casserole dish and heat in 350 oven until heated through.

4.  Serve with fresh vegetables.  I always put butter on the top of my serving.  It was especially good with home made onion/mustard pickles.

I haven't had it in years - must make some soon.

What retro recipes are hidden in your recipe collection?


Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

What's not to like (except maybe the name)? It sounds like a tasty dish to me.

Sush said...

LOL I think I served this exact dish many a night to my family...I just thought of it as stretching the monday meet friday budget!


Raindrops and Daisies said...

That sounds like a great recipe Pat.

I will give it a go.

Think the kids would really enjoy it.


Holly said...

Ummm, no thanks but I don't think it would be that bad, I just have a problem with mixing the tomato soup and mashed potatoes. This reminds me of Melynda's blog and her Wednesday posts that are called "What we are NOT eating Wednesdays". She puts old bad recipes on there. I have an old one called muck a muck that my husbands family loves.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Some of those old recipes are the best. We used to use Campbells Tomato soup in a lot of things. I can remember my mom creaming the soup with milk with a dab of butter in it. Mmmmm good as they say. Hope your Wednesday is a wonderful one.

Chatty Crone said...

Thank you!

Michael and Hanne said...

Should be called Boston P?

Desiree said...

Sometimes simple, old fashioned recipes are more flavoursome than modern inventions, which are often all about presentation, but short on flavour.

LaelShine said...

Good old tomato soup,lol. That sounds way better than the mess I made,I love it!

Emtron said...

I haven't had this in a long time, but I seem to remember it being intolerably bland. Maybe I have to taste it again, though, and add some pickles.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Hi Pat

I have a little award for you - will post about it later this morning!


Kath said...

We made a similair recipe with sliced potatoes and cubed cheese. Kids love it!

JQ said...

Em, you're supposed to put half a shaker of salt and pepper each on it -- oh, and smear your portion with butter (or margerine -- which you must pronounce "margereeeen).

Granny Annie said...

I'm not real excited about this recipe but it sounds like something my husband would like.

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