Friday, February 15, 2008

Snack Of The Month

I'll bet you didn't know there was such a thing, did you? I didn't. Book of the month, fruit of the month, yes, why not. But not snack of the month. Also there is only one snack recipe listed. So only one month is covered. What do you do during the other eleven months?

You're stuck with dipping things - any old things - into plain A-1 Sauce. Because this booket (circa 1948) is brought to you by the A-1 Sauce people (G.F. Heublein & Bro. of Hartford, Connecticut), and it is called Cooking For A Man. A Man, not a Month - though some of the joints of beef in there look like they'll take that long in the oven. Men require vast quantities of meat, of course. With great lashings of A-1 Sauce, which the booklet calls "the Dash that makes the Dish!"

Yeah, whatever.

And of course it has to go in all the non-meat dishes too. Yes, men mostly eat meat, but there are times when they demand other things. Like fish. And baked beans, and macaroni and cheese. And since men want dishes with dash, slop in some A-1 Sauce while you're at it.

To start things off, why not dash out to the living room with this dish:


2 Tb evaporated milk or cream
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp onion salt
1 tsp A-1 Sauce
4 oz Chateau Cheese
36 Ritz crackers

Place evaporated milk and seasoning in top of double boiler. Add cheese, coarsely diced. Stir ocasionally until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Spread on crackers. Broil under very moderate heat until puffy and brown, about 2 minutes. Serve hot. Yield: thirty-six crackers.

Good thing they mentioned that you should serve it hot, I would have shoved it in the icebox for a few hours after I broiled them. And let's do the math; thirty-six Ritz crackers, thirty-six Snacks-of-the-Month! Amazing.

Wikipedia has a short article about A-1 Sauce, here. Apparently they took the anchovies out of A-1 in the 1990s, and put in corn syrup. For even more dash - and more sugar! Perhaps Ruth Berolzheimer got to them.

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