Did you have a nice summer break? We did too! But school’s about to start up and so we’re back from vacations and back to the blogging.
Let’s jump right in with this not-very-colorful casserole from PET Milk.
One of the things that immediately caught my eye about it is that it almost exactly matches my typical style: ingredients photo at the top, blather in the middle, and assembled photo at the end!
SAUSAGE NOODLE BAKE
1. Have ready 3 cups cooked, drained Noodles (cook 2 3/4 cups). Turn on oven and set at 350 (moderate).
2. Brown 1 lb. bulk Pork Sausage and 1/4 cup finely cut Onion in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Drain off drippings.
3. Mix 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup, 1/2 lb. grated Process American Cheese (about 1 cup), 2/3 cup PET Evaporated Milk (1 small can), 1/2 teasp. Salt, 1/2 teasp. Oregano and 1/4 teasp. Pepper in a 3-quart bowl.
4. Stir in meat mixture and noodles. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish.
5. Top with a mixture of 1 cup Bite-size Shredded Corn Biscuits, 2 Tablesp. melted Butter or Margarine, 1/4 teasp. Garlic Salt and 1/4 teasp. Paprika. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly hot. Serves 4 to 6.
This is one of those dairy industry recipes: not only the “star”, PET Milk, but also cream of mushroom soup and American cheese.
Lactose intolerant daughter got a pass on tasting this one. (She’s been pushing for more retro recipes to use dairy recently — maybe she’s trying to sneakily avoid tasting any?)
“So pour the whole can in?”
“Right.” And in went the whole can. “Um. How much is in a can, two-thirds cup?”
“… No. More than twice that.”
So I spooned a cup of it back out. (Whoops.) With the correct amount of milk, it blended into a thick, creamy sauce.
That, plus sausage and noodles, went into the casserole dish. Very, very goopy.
Seasoned butter to soak the cereal topping, and it was ready for the oven!
We baked it a bit less than the quoted time; everyone was hungry, and since the sausage was fully cooked, there was no concern about meat being underdone.
This tasted quite salty, since Buzz unfortunately misread our very old teaspoon as a half-teaspoon. But there was a lot of other nice flavor here as well, particularly the spicy paprika crunch on top. It was creamy, meaty, and a terrific example of comfort food casserole. Get the salt balance right, use a decent pork sausage blend, and your family might really enjoy this, too.
This ad showed up in 1967 in Ebony magazine, and was later shared on Flickr by Classic Film.