This week’s intriguing history-with-your-tastebuds lesson is from a Campbell’s Soup ad. In addition to creamy tuna salad (cream of celery soup, gelatin, and tuna fish, need I go on?) and ham-macaroni salad, you can apparently make Shrimp Lamaze with a can of tomato soup and a few other ingredients.
Shrimp Lamaze. Blend 1 can Campbell’s Tomato Soup with 1 cup mayonnaise. Add 1/4 cup sweet pickle relish, 1/2 tsp. grated onion, 1/2 tsp. prepared mustard, and 1 tbsp. lemon juice. Makes about 2-1/2 cups dressing. Serve over cooked shrimp, lettuce wedges, hard-cooked eggs or mixed greens.
At first I had no idea what Shrimp Lamaze was supposed to be; I mean, it’s apparently shrimp in thousand island dressing. Where does the name “Lamaze” come from? I’m not entirely sure. There was a famous restaurant in Los Angeles, Cafe La Maze, founded by “Legendary and influential Restaurateur & Maitre D” Marcel LaMaze. According to this web page, one of its signature dishes was Shrimp Lamaze. According to Wikipedia, Shrimp Lamaze was created at the Philadelphia Warwick Hotel by Johann Lamprecht, and takes its name from George Lamaze — who was Marcel’s brother.
So the dish was definitely a fancy shrimp salad served in both a LA restaurant and a Philadelphia hotel. Most Shrimp Lamaze recipes don’t call for tomato soup, though — they call for chili sauce, a very different flavor in many ways.
One very nice thing about this recipe was that the prep work was minimal — almost nonexistent, really.
(1) Assemble ingredients.
(2) Stir. (And at this point I was annoyed by the very liquid consistency of the dressing — soupy, if you will — so I put it in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.)
(3) Pour onto shrimp and serve.
After tasting, you’ll probably want to consider including an additional step: (4) Feed it to the dog and order a pizza.
The verdict is that this falls somewhere between “meh” and “disgusting.” If it was very good thousand island dressing on shrimp, I could see it being moderately nice; if this was 1935, I could see it being almost luxurious. But this recipe is a really half-assed version of the dish. You simply can’t make a good dressing starting from tomato soup. It was a runny, bland disappointment. Buzz took one bite and went back to the kitchen to find hot sauce to give it some flavor. Even the kids wanted hot sauce, and they hate spicy food.
Original image of Campbell’s adver-recipe found on Flickr, thanks to SA_Steve.