And Now.... A WWII Recipe that's Delicious!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
In my novel, Delicious!, Lulu's mother engages in a Thrift Contest with the other women working at the Goodyear Plant; the idea is to reward the woman with the most patriotically spare lunches. It's an idea I came upon in one of the Department of Agriculture pamphlets, which the government put out to encourage people to ration their food. The prize was an entire ham, an almost unheard of luxury during the war.
But of course once you'd won your ham, it would have been your patriotic duty to parcel it out in little bits, making it last. I went through all my WW II cookbooks, looking for thrifty ways with ham. And there, hidden among the Peanutbutter Lima Loaves, the Liver Gems and Eggplant Puddings, I finally found a recipe that sounded like something I'd like to eat. I was so excited that I ran right into the kitchen and made a batch. They're good!
½ cup finely chopped ham
2 tablespoons pickle relish
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons mustard
1 cup flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening
1/3 cup milk.
Preheat oven to 375.
Stir together filling ingredients.
Mix dry ingredients and cut in shortening. Stir in milk. Roll out to a 16 inch square. Cut into 4 squares.
Put ¼ of ham mixture on each square, fold over into a triangle, press edges together and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.