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Random Recipe Monday – Saucy Hamburger Crumble December 17, 2007

Filed under: Cooking,Vintage Recipes — LotusMama @ 3:21 pm


I hope I don’t ruin anyone’s day when I say that Betty Crocker wasn’t a real person. I know, hard to believe, but she didn’t exist. Be that as it may, Betty liked to cook. In 1958, she published a book about cooking for boys and girls. Unlike Mrs. Seinfeld today, Betty didn’t try to hide good veggies in her brownies. She tried to impress upon the little children the importance of purchasing her products to make some swell cakes.

Although there is advertising aplenty in this book, there are some recipes too. One of the recipes is the Saucy Hamburger Crumble. Betty calls for this to be served over mashed potatoes. I’m not sure why this is something that kids should be cooking, since it calls for frying hamburger and adding liquid to hot grease, but hey, who am I to question Betty.

Melt in frying pan 1 tablespoon fat. Add and brown lightly 1 small onion chopped. Then add and brown 1 pound ground beef, 1 teaspoon salt. Break the meat into small pieces. Stir in 1/4 cup Gold Medal Flour. Then stir in 2 cups water or milk. Heat until gravy bubbles. Serve over mashed potatoes. Serves four.

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5 Responses to “Random Recipe Monday – Saucy Hamburger Crumble”

  1. more cowbell Says:

    I’ve seen that cover … I think my mom had that one or something. Maybe I blocked it out.

  2. Lorraine Says:

    Reminds me, for some reason, of my dad’s favorite meal, which we affectionately called “Kenny Hash”…elbow macaroni with hamburger and onions. Enough ketchup and it was, uh, edible.

  3. Auld Hat Says:

    In my house, there was a peice of toast thrown under the hamburger gravy as well.
    ‘Shit on a shingle’. Yup.
    I consider it comfort food to this day.

  4. Auld Hat Says:

    Also, I would have bet (and lost) huge amounts of money that Betty Crocker was a real person. Hmpf.

  5. Sling Says:

    Is that shepherd’s pie?..sounds like shepherd’s pie to me.I love shepherd’s pie!


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