It’s just past the winter solstice, and winter is really getting ramped up. Short, cold days — the perfect time for rich, warm casseroles.
Like this Karo Winter Carnival Casserole “You’ll love its hearty goodness and piquant taste. What gives that extra special flavor? Karo Syrup! For Karo adds delicious new flavor and appetizing new texture to foods.”
Heat 2 tbsp. corn oil in skillet. Add 1/4 cup each finely chopped onion and green pepper; cook until tender. Add 1 lb. ground beef; brown, stirring often. Pour out and save 1/4 cup liquid from 1 lb. 12 oz. can of tomatoes. Add remainder of tomatoes, 1/2 cup of Karo All-Purpose Syrup, 1/2 tsp. each salt and chili powder, 1/4 tsp. pepper, 1 bay leaf to meat mixture. Bring to boil, cover, simmer 15 minutes. Blend 2 tbsp. corn starch with the 1/4 cup of tomato liquid; stir into meat mixture. Bring to boil, stirring. Add 3 cups cooked macaroni or rice; pour into 2 quart casserole. Sprinkle with 1 cup shreded Cheddar cheese. Bake in 350° oven about 30 minutes. Makes 6 delicious servings!
Wait — we’re putting corn syrup in a casserole?
This is literally went through my head while photographing: “Hey, this looks surprisingly normal. I thought there was something weirder–”
“Oh yeah, corn syrup. Now it looks right.”
But then I get to do something normal, like brown some ground beef.
The corn syrup is actually really good at hiding. You can barely see it — there, that shiny dark brown slick? That’s corn syrup.
I just poured corn syrup all over perfectly good ground beef.
Just focus on making this sauce come together. Tomatoes, cornstarch — nice, normal sauce things.
Macaroni is normal.
And cheese — yes, delicious cheesy goodness melted all over the top. This looks terrific! What was I so worried about before? Oh, who cares, cheese!
Look at that bright cheerful color and that delicious cheesy goodness. It makes me feel warmer and less winter-gloomy already! But when we were tasting this, we kept wondering what was so strange about it. “It’s like macaroni beef casserole, but … sweet?”
“Oh yeah, I put corn syrup in this.”
“Man, this is really bad.”
Sweet flavors don’t work with savory casseroles. This is very, very wrong.
Despite this being very untasty, I got the ad from Tasty Nostalgia.