Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voting Day recipe for all

Real Quickly, I am going to post this recipe.  I do not know if any of you will enjoy this.  This was my grand mother's recipe for meatless meals which there was a whole lot of.  It was a no-name recipe but I will dub it Mabel's "29" crash vegetable loaf.  It was something that she served many times as my grandfather and her came out in full swing of the 29 crash and got married during the 29 crash.
Now, this can be a fickle recipe, sometimes you have to adjust the liquid and the bread crumbs.  If you are an accomplished cook, you can do it and totally make it your own.  You can add any vegetable you wish to your family's taste, you can add vegetable broth or meat broth to your liking and just please have fun with it.  I make it with vegetable or chicken broth usually but please be a free spirit with it, it is yours with my grand mother's blessing.  I am not bragging but she was a very accomplished cook and could make dinner our of nothing.

I will post later on some ramblings and thoughts but this should get you started.  Enjoy!

Mabel's 29 Crash Vegetable Loaf

16 oz of sliced or diced carrots (cooked)
16 oz of green beans
1 1/2 cups of Lima, pinto, or your choice of cooked beans
1 C of chopped celery
3 cups of dried bread crumbs or cornmeal bread  (can use whole grain also)
2 Tablespoon bacon fat or vegetable oil (your choice)
dried parsley
1/2 Cup of chili sauce or tomato sauce
1 egg beaten
chopped onion (however much you like
celery salt or celery powder
bacon if you wish
chili sauce or tomato sauce or ketchup for the top

In a food processor, or hand grinder, run your cooked carrots, green beans, Lima, or other beans until smooth.  Put into a large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs, bacon drippings or oil, herbs, onion, celery salt, pepper, stir with a heavy spoon.  Take some vegetable broth or chicken broth or beef broth and blend into mixture until it holds together well like meatloaf.  Preheat your oven to 350* F (175)* C  Place into a 9"x5" loaf pan, and press and mold into the pan. Place your tomato sauce or chili sauce on top and then your bacon if you use it, and bake for about 30-45 minutes until lightly browned.  Makes about 5-6 servings.
You could also add sweet peppers, or a more hot pepper to your liking, like Poblanos or a Salsa pepper also. You can add potatoes, parsnips, turnips or root vegetables also, Just make sure they are cooked.  This would be great for using up left over veggies from a roast which is what I do with it.  I have had good luck freezing this also, makes a good filling for a sandwich.

I hope that this works for some. Not sure but enjoy.

Take care


  1. some of the best recipes came out of the depression era - this looks like a good one - will have to try this one - have lots of pinto beans

  2. I described this recipe to husband who said that it was similar to "meatloaf" that his grandmother and later his mother used to make.
    We had a neighbor when I a teen who said that every week she cleaned out the fridge and made a soup or casserole from the leftovers.
    She called the meal "stodge."

  3. This looks a tasty recipe. We are trying to be as frugal as possible right now, making a little meat go a long way. This recipe would give us an easy meat-free meal.