Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We Want Food - Tuna and Potato Chips

What's that pie plate of mush above? Why it's my grandmother's potato chips and tuna -made of tuna, potato chips, mushrooms, and cream of mushroom soup. Culinary arts at the highest level. So guilt inducing that my mother only made it once in the course of my childhood.

Clearly, it sounds disgusting, unhealthy, and bizarre. But with a few updates - fine California grown cremini shrooms, line caught tuna, vegan organic mushroom soup and Lays Cracker Crisps instead of potato chips - it's actually a fine, well balanced dinner. Especially when served with Swiss chard and tomatoes.

In case you're feeling adventurous, or rather unadventurous in a mid-western 1950s way, here's the original recipe, pulled from a yellowed type written recipe from my grandmother's book:

Tuna and Potato Chips
1 can tuna 7 oz
1 can cream of mushroom soup
6 oz of potato chips
1/2 cup mushrooms

Mix all ingredients in a shallow baking pan - greased. Spread top with crumbs. Bake 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

I upped the tuna and mushrooms, decreased the chips, and voila -

The housewife presents the fruit of her toils...

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