My wife was in marching band in high school. I’m told that, in her high school, this is what the cool kids did.
As part of the fundraising for this marching band, they sold cookbooks. These cookbooks were filled with recipes that were submitted by marching band moms and other members of the community. The recipes were presumably then sent off to be printed and bound before being sold. Looking through this cookbook is like a time capsule’s peek into a traditional midwest american kitchen. And for Sarah, many of these recipes conjure up memories of her dad’s cooking, as the only things that he knows how to cook come from these pages.
Here is a recipe that got the father-in-law’s seal of approval. My wife and I made this shortly after Thanksgiving this year. It’s a heavy dish, that’s for sure. But it’s wonderful. Eating this dish is like eating a cheeseburger for the first time. It’s called Dinner in a French Loaf because you serve it like a soup breadbowl, but I really think it should be called Cheeseburger Casserole. It’s savory, crunchy, cheesy, and really warms you up from the inside out.
Dinner In a French Loaf:
- 1 lb. hamburger
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1.5 C cubed Velveeta cheese (I know, right)
- 1 loaf French bread
Brown hamburger with onions.
Slice the french loaf in half and cut out the inside. Mix the crumbs of loaf with the hamburger. Add soup and cheese. Press into loaf.
Place the top on the loaf. Wrap in aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Slice to serve.
This recipe serves a ton of people. My wife tells me that this used to serve her entire family for dinner, which is six people. All I know is, we ate this for dinner, and then I ate the leftovers for lunch at work for about a week.
Like I said, the recipe is heavy. We are planning on going through and trying several of the recipes from the cookbook as is. Then, we are going to try and remake them in a slightly more modernized fashion. Should be an interesting experiment.