Benjamin Franklin’s birthday is coming up on Thursday this week.
What? You forgot? TSK, TSK.
Anyway, this advertisement originally wasn’t at all related to Franklin’s birthday. Instead, it’s a bizarre rambling tale of debate over what food to serve at an upcoming Service Member’s Social; our heroine offers to serve fifty men for six bucks with her amazing invention, the Ben Franklin salad. And then there’s a lot of enthusiasm expressed on all sides for real mayonnaise.
BEN FRANKLIN SALAD
Blend thoroughly 2 tbs. milk and 1 cup Real Mayonnaise. Mix with 4 cups mashed potato, 1/2 cup diced celery, 2 tbs. chopped onion, 2 tbs. chopped parsley. Season with 2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper. Then slice 3 large tomatoes and 4 cooked frankfurters. Arrange with potato salad on lettuce or salad greens as illustrated. Garnish each serving with pimiento star and springs of parsley. Serve with Real Mayonnaise. Serves 6.
What potatoes, hot dogs, mayonnaise and tomatoes have to do with Ben Franklin isn’t clear. Either it’s some sort of terrible “Ben Franklinfurter” pun, or a connection between cheap ingredients and Franklin frugality. I’m not sure which would be worse.
Anyway, even with just frankfurters and potatoes, it might be a stretch to feed fifty guys for just six bucks. Plus it might be disgusting, we don’t know yet!
I guess if you’ve got a nice victory garden (and some of those Ladies Auxiliary folks ought to, right?), it would be easy to get the vegetables pretty inexpensively.
I’m not entirely sure why the mayonnaise needs to be thinned with milk — perhaps the flavor? But mayo has a lot more taste than milk… so, yeah, who knows.
It does require a fair bit of peeling, chopping, and slicing — and just imagine making fifty servings worth… but again, I bet all those Ladies Auxiliary would be able to help out.
The interesting part of this wasn’t the tomato, hot dog slices, or mayonnaise, it was the mashed potato salad. I enjoyed it, although it was salty and very onion-flavored; the kids didn’t particularly like it, though. If I made it again, I’d probably just leave out the extra salt and let the mayo and parsley provide all the flavor. And it would be a pretty tasty, inexpensive dish to cook up for a large crowd, especially if you’re putting funding before fanciness.
The Ben Franklin Salad was posted by emisanboo on Flickr.