Tuesday, July 12, 2011

1950's week - day 3

I received a Spam sampler package today courtesy of Linda Burgett (mykindofcooking). Three cans of Spam, three packettes of Spam lite "singles" and ... wait for it ... a pair of Spam flipflops. I feel as if I've died and gone to Speaven.

An exchange with a blogging friend has called my attention to the fact that this really is goulash. I have a vague memory that we had a different thing called goulash, but I cannot be sure of that. So goulash it is. Try it. Someone in your family will like it.

Beef and Mac and Cheese

I still make this from time to time. It was very popular in our house. It also didn't cost a lot of money, which was an issue. There's nothing complicated or difficult about it.
You will need:
an onion, chopped
some garlic, chopped (my mother didn't use garlic, but I do)
1 lb ground beef
1 lb elbow macaroni
1 cup New York State cheddar cheese (this is where I came from)
1 28 oz can tomatoes, juice reserved for another use
salt and pepper to taste
Could this be any simpler? Cook the onion, add the garlic, cook the beef, cook the macaroni, add the tomatoes to the onion and beef. Add the cheese. Put it all together in a big pot and make sure it gets nice and hot. Season with salt and pepper. Pig out to your heart's content.

Now for my way: put in Spam in place of the ground beef and Velveeta in place of the cheddar. Oh, come on, you know you want this!


Pegasuslegend said...

This is both my sons as children , favorite dinner and they both loved this and an all time favorite for sure Idont make this enough a great reminder, looks mouth watering a very nice picture!

Jenn said...

I make something very similar to this from time to time. Chris calls it Chris' goulash. It's simple and yes, very inexpensive. Sort of like the idea of using Velveeta and spam in it!! lol

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

We call this goulash in my house too! Decent eats on the cheap, not a bad thing. Spam and velveeta noodles just might make you have to surrender your blogger card. Might. Then again knowing you Stephen you'd go & brine the Spam, making it delicious and different and somehow transform velveeta from gloopy to glossy which would make me bow down to you saying I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy! So don't. Please. At my age its hard to get up from the floor after bowing down LOL :)

Mary said...

Children still love this casserole. As a matter of fact, I know an old woman in Oregon who really likes this casserole. I'm not sure about the spam, but if you say so....Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Linda www.mykindofcooking.com said...

Thanks for the shout out! I am going to make this recipe with the swap out that you suggested. Yum!

Bo said...

Flipflops...as in shoes? That is too funny!

Chris said...

What's the difference between ghoulash and the beef, mac and cheese? Tomato sauce and that's it?

Then there's "chili mac" too.

Whatever they call it, I loved when my mom made this in the 70's.

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