Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Mockery of Crown Roast

Here's a little something for dinner from Interesting Recipes...From Canada Meat Packer's Food Clinic (1949). I like the little ellipsis there - these recipes are so interesting that they even give the Canada Meat Packers pause.

And I love the idea of a Food Clinic - whatever do you think goes on there? Maybe they fix recipes that are a little - under the weather.

Mock Crown Roast

1-2 pounds Maple Leaf Wieners
2 cups cooked sauerkraut
Maple Leaf Bacon
3 cups bread stuffing or cooked vegetables

Arrange wieners side by side, with curved side up, (allow 2 wieners per serving). Thread a large needle with string, sew through all the wieners, 1/2 an inch from the bottom and 1/2 an inch from the top. Tie ends of string bringing first and last wieners together. Stand wieners on end to form a crown. Fill centre of crown with sauerkraut, bread stuffing, or creamed cabbage. Wrap 2-3 strips of bacon around roast. Anchor with toothpicks. Bake in 375 degrees F. oven 20 minutes.

Now an actual crown roast is a beef or pork roast formed from the ribs section, ribs up to form a crown. The hollow in the middle is filled with something like stuffing. The ribs can sport little paper frills if one is feeling up to it.

It would certainly go with the whole sewing/crafts theme of the Mock Crown Roast. Just imagine trying to sew a bunch of hot dogs together - with a needle and thread yet. And measuring an inch from each hot dog end. And then getting them to stand up like a crown. Might as well make them a few frills while you've got the sewing kit out, I guess.

The hot dog picture is from the cover of the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Cookbook (1969), as in the famous Coney Island hot dog stand - but it is not called a crown roast therein, as far as I can tell. It does illustrate what can happen if you do not sew the wieners together.
And the picture on the right is of a real crown roast from the cover of McCall's Company Cookbook (1965).
Wiener Wraps on Foodista

1 comment:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Believe it or not, I've seen the Mock Crown Roast made with hot dogs in other vintage cookbooks. Must have been a trend during that period in history when food was presented to look like some other type of food. Or, it was some home economist's idea of a recipe suitable for folks who didn't have the cash for Crown Roast. Imagine stitching all those weiners together???