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Late Night Snacking

[ 75 ] February 11, 2013 |

To busy to blog much right now, but I am pretty hungry so I figured some late night snacking is in order.

Bon appetite, 70s style!

…By request, the recipe itself:

6 medium bananas
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 thin slices boiled ham (about 1/2 lb)
3 tablespoons prepared mustard
2 envelopes (1 1/4-oz size) hollandaise sauce mix
1/4 cup light cream

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly butter 2-quart, shallow baking dish.

2. Peel bananas; sprinkle each with 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, to prevent darkening.

3. Spread ham slices with mustard. Wrap each banana in slice of ham. Arrange in single layer in casserole. Bake 10 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, make sauce: In small saucepan, combine sauce mix with 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and cream. Heat, stirring, to boiling; pour over bananas. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until slightly golden. Nice with a green salad for brunch or lunch. Makes 6 servings.


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  1. Matt says:

    That… doesn’t look so good, and does remind one of what a culinary waste-land the US was for a long period. But what is slightly similar and very good is a good piece of pork (a chop, maybe, but not necessarily) that’s not too lean, with a slice of banana and good piece of cheese, perhaps gruyere, baked in the oven. If done right, it’s really very tasty.

  2. Ken Houghton says:

    Is it Elvis’s birthday again?

    Alternately, can we get the recipe?

  3. Brenda Johnson says:

    I will never eat again.

  4. Manju says:

    sometimes a banana is just a cigar

  5. It’s like someone in the McCall testing kitchen lost a bet….

  6. elm says:

    Hollandaise sauce mix? They can’t even recommend making real hollandaise?

  7. Dana says:

    I can’t say it looks appetizing, and I won’t vouch for the hollandaise sauce, but fruit and pork isn’t much of a stretch. I mean, prosciutto and melon, right?

  8. Hogan says:

    So what’s the endgame here? I mean, eating them is obviously out of the question. Do they insulate your pipes or something?

  9. That’s the worst thing I have ever seen.

    And I read Atlas Shrugged.

  10. herr doktor bimler says:

    Just look at those awesome bananas hollandaise.
    Just look at them.

  11. Desert Rat says:

    Dear gawd, American cuisine prior to (and into, to some extent) the 1980s really sucked.

    Funny thing is my mom actually collected these recipe cards. I remember them as a kid. She never made this one though.

    • LeeEsq says:

      I wonder how this happened. American cuisine had enough possitive influences and forms to be pleseant but a lot of home cooking was boring at best and revolting at worse. Even the most unadventurous Anglo-American cooks should have been able to produce realiable Anglo cuisine like roast beef. Not exiciting but tasty.

  12. Joey Maloney says:

    Bacon Banana Cookies.

    I made a batch. I had to know.

    They were actually fucking delicious.

  13. Alan in SF says:

    I believe I had a heart attack just reading the recipe.

  14. marijane says:

    dear lord, it’s bananas benedict.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wait, why does the hollandaise look like that pasteurized, plastic-encased shit the fucking Welsh put on their rabbits (or whatever)?

  16. Mrs Tilton says:

    Really, Erik, you should leave this sort of thing to James Lileks.

  17. Anonymous says:


    I am doing the Jewish equivalent of this:

  18. Cody says:

    This looks truly awful.

    Now I know what I’m making my wife for Valentines dinner!

  19. NonyNony says:

    In McCall’s defense, the drugs in the 70s were really, really good.

  20. Barry Freed says:

    I’m just getting over a week and a half long bout of the flu and this IS NOT HELPING!

  21. Halloween Jack says:

    To be eaten while wearing a banana ham-mock.

    …I’ll see myself out.

  22. jake says:

    Do a google image search on “candle salad”. Same genre of horrifying postwar era american magazine food involving bananas, but more phallic.

  23. I think they were just punking people with recipes back then. “Hey, let’s see if we can people to eat this shit!”

  24. Left_Wing_Fox says:

    You’re treading int James Lilek’s territory here.

    Which is fine.. The Gallery of Regrettable Food is one of the few truely bipartisan things I’ve ever seen from a republican columnist.

  25. Bloix says:

    That style of cooking was on its way out in the ’70’s.
    This is what was happening in the ’70’s:


  26. DN says:

    In the interest of science, I just took a fine slice of prosciutto de parma and wrapped it around a big hunk of banana. It actually tastes pretty darned good. I am a bit fearful of trying it with a Hollandaise so some other brave person can do that.

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