This just about my favorite Essex Meat Packers recipe from their 1968 opus The World At Your Table. That’s a lot of guests to impress. So why not serve something – unusual. Something that everyone can agree on.
Glamour Hash Salad1 15-oz. can Essex Corned beef hash
6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1 10-oz. can mushrooms, pieces and stems
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Caraway seeds, if desired
1 15-oz. can corn niblets or peas
Fold the Corned Beef Hash, sliced eggs, mushrooms and marshmallows together in a large mixing bowl. Season lightly with caraway seeds if desired. Mix thoroughly with salad dressing and serve with cold corn niblets or cold canned peas. A real gourmet, tongue-tickling salad.
The Essex booklet notes that this is “hash with an unbelievable difference.” They’ve got that right. I never thought – before acquiring this wonderful little book – that I would ever come across a recipe that required both cold canned peas and miniature marshmallows (not to mention canned hash and salad dressing).
Mark Twain once wrote that “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”
He may have been thinking of promotional cookbooks when he wrote that.