This is a spin on the classic and it was delicious! From the looks of things a friend of Grandma Joyce’s had the last name Cacciatore so I guess she had the right to add whatever twists she could dream up. I’ve made a few changes as well making the sauce a bit richer without much work and the canned mushrooms became fresh mushrooms. Why the change? Because fresh is always better! Ok, that’s just my opinion so you can do whatever you like. I just prefer the taste and the texture.
What’s not to love? Cheesy vegetable goodness! I was excited to try this recipe because there weren’t many ingredients, it had a super clever name and only three steps. This recipe was easy to make and with a tiny tweak I think it’s top notch. It’s a great side dish that can be made fancy or served as part of a quick mid-week dinner.
This recipe isn’t looking like such a secret, but it was so good that it shouldn’t be! I did a quick search to see where the Pedernales River was and discovered, President Lyndon B. Johnson loved this recipe so much that Lady Bird had it printed on cards and distributed…now that I know of it, I see it all over the web with only one small change, Great-Grandma Mary’s seems to be a smaller ½ batch.
Great-Grandma Mary’s version also says, “Serve over beans.” I say, “Why make a separate dish? Double the spices. Throw those beans in the pot and let’s go!”
And so it begins, I grabbed the first recipe, right off the top of the stack. Gotta start somewhere, right? Some people call these German Pancakes, others call them Dutch Babies but in Grandma Joyce’s case…They’re Puffy Pancakes. Not as international sounding but she’s right, they are puffy!
I’ve had similar recipes over the years and loved them all but this one was so easy! Just throw it all in the blender and toss it in the oven. Well, almost that easy but give this a try, you won’t regret it!
I’m sitting here looking at two giant bins, filled to the brim with marked-up cookbooks, handwritten recipes, newspaper cut-outs and binders, some overflowing with scraps of paper and one with a neatly folded plastic bag inside…a plastic bag?! What on earth is in that plastic bag??