That momentous and tragic day of 75 years ago is receiving much just due attention, commemoration, and re-visiting. As my little way of nodding remembrance to Pearl Harbor in 1941, I am sharing a recipe out of a family heirloom we have, my husband’s Grandmother’s cookbook. The book is “Modern Family Cookbook” , by Meta Given, first printed in 1942 and re-issued many times until 1948.
The last time I shared a recipe was a while back for my “Agent Carter Sew-Along” and it was a hearty meat-and-green-beans meal (see it here). I’ll continue that somewhat this time around with another single-portion meat, “Upside-Down Apricot Meat Loaves”, and a dessert, “Fresh Fruit and Date Salad”.
These were quite tasty and a good kind of different. I like how the meat loaves are single portions accommodating different appetites and perfect for freezing and re-heating for later! These might also make good party food for entertaining. Plus they look like silly eyes to appeal to kids! I served my “Upside-Down Apricot Meat Loaves” on top of couscous and steamed Brussels sprouts.
When we made the “Upside-Down Meat Loaves” we actually used #491, meat loaf no.2, because the recipe was easier and used all beef (easier to find). However, the meat was a bit bland, a good comparison nevertheless to the savory taste of the apricots. Perhaps #489, meat loaf no.2, is probably recommended as best for a reason, and would probably add more zest. I added both meat loaf numbers 1 and 2 so you can decide for yourself what meat flavors you’d like to pair with the upside-down recipe.
When we made the dessert salad we substituted mayonnaise for plain yogurt but it was very good and quite easy. I liked how it felt healthy yet sweet without being over-sugary.
Let me know if you try any of these recipes and if you were happy with them – I hope so because I enjoyed them. Let’s honor those who fought, fell, and survived that day 75 years back in some way, even if with something as simple as a dish of food.