Banana Meatloaf- Bananas..how to serve them

Bananas...how to serve them is a 1942 cookbook published by the Home Economics Department of the Fruit Dispatch Company. It has 56 numbered recipes featuring bananas plus how to's . It has photos and humorous illustrations with banana characters. There are several main dishes including this unusual one:

Banana Meat Loaf
1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoons chopped onion
1 tablespoon salt (yes 1 tablespoon)
1/4 pepper
1 cup soft bread crumbs
3/4 cup mashed bananas (1 to 2 bananas)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Mix together meat, onion, salt, pepper and crumbs. Combine bananas and mustard. Add to meat mixture and mix well. Form mixture into a loaf and place into a well-greased baking pan (81/2x41/2x3inches) about 1 hour, or until loaf is done. Baked Bananas as an accompaniment, baked in the pan with the meat loaf, add an extra, different, delightful flavor. Peel the bananas, brush them with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with salt. Place them into the pan about 15 minutes before the meat is done. Arrange the baked bananas on a hot platter around the meat loaf.

Here is a more standard banana recipe:
Banana Apple Betty
3 firm bananas, peeled
2 tart apples, peeled
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups soft bread crumbs
3 tablespoons melted butter
Slice apples and cut bananas into 1/2 inch pieces. Combine fruit, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix bread crumbs with butter. Place alternate layers of crumbs and fruit into a well-buttered baking dish, using crumbs for top and bottom layers. Cover baking dish and bake in a moderate oven 375 about 40 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Uncover. Bake 5 minutes to brown the crumbs. Six servings. Serve hot with cream, whipped cream or fruit sauce.

1 comment:

Zedral Z said...

Wow. Banana meat loaf. There is something about that recipe that makes it almost as bad as the Jell-O recipes.