Authentic 1950’s Dinner

 Well, I finally snuck the meal into the family dinner planlast week!  We had homemade sloppy joes and something called red bean supper salad!  OK, I must admit, the red bean supper salad even terrified me!  It mixes red beans, pickles, celery, onion, and to garnish use hard boiled eggs and place it on a salad leaf!  I definitely could understand my families fears!  This is as authentic as it gets for a 1950’s dinner, minus the jello mold of course!  So, I sprung it on them.  They did not have time to think, throw tantrums or even talk me into making something else! Guess what?  They all liked it! There was not one complaint.  I even enjoyed the salad!  The eggs were a perfect match with the whole ensemble! Both dishes were not difficult to make at all, so I encourage you to go ahead and try it!  Get rid of your fears and go for it!  Here are the recipes and some pictures for your enjoyment!

Red Bean Supper Salad

1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained.  You can also use one package of dry red beans.
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced dill pickles
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
5 hard cooked eggs, or one for each person
1 tablespoon mayonnaise (I used the olive oil mayo)

Combine first six ingredients.  Mix lightly.  Chill for one hour.  When ready to serve,stir in mayo.  Pile onto lettuce leaf and arrange eggs.

Sloppy Joe’s (Written the way my grandmother wrote the recipe.)

Brown one pound ground beef.  Add 1/2 cup chopped onions.  1 cup celery chopped, 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers and cook until tender.  Add one can of tomato soup, 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, 1 teaspoon chilli powder and 1 tablespoon chopped garlic.  Cook slowly for 30 min.  Serve on Hot buns. Enough for 8-10 sandwiches.


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