Dear Readers, are you plagued with an excess of friends and admirers? Do people constantly hang around your house in order to bask in the light of your reflected glory? Are your parties too entertaining and now you regret setting the bar so high? What you need are some less-appetizing appetizers! Luckily, I’ve got just the solution for you.
In order to get rid of all of those pesky party guests, why not try serving steamed prunes stuffed with wildly incongruous fillings? Yes, nothing quite says “get the hell out” like a prune filled with mashed sardines.
I tried out four of the suggested prune fillings from this recipe: sardine, anchovy, Roquefort and mayo, and cream cheese with chili sauce. Except (as those who take a look at the recipe below will note), cream cheese and chili sauce isn’t actually on there. My brain saw the words “cottage cheese seasoned with chili sauce” and a little animated paper clip popped up in my head and said, “Hi! It looks like you’re trying to make something edible! Did you mean cream cheese with chili sauce?”
It’s unfortunate that cream cheese with chili sauce wasn’t one of the recipe suggestions, because that was actually the best one. I think most of the other fillings would be really quite nice on a cracker or some kind of crunchy bread thing, but eating them stuffed inside of prunes just made my mouth sad.
Incidentally, this was my very first time eating anchovies. And since I know anchovies are a divisive issue with many people, I’ll just let everyone know where I stand with regards to that issue right now: I loved ’em. Those salty little bastards were delicious and I won’t listen to anyone speaking ill of them. So there.
Stuff steamed or soaked plump prunes with a mixture of highly seasoned cream cheese or other suggested fillings.
1. Cottage cheese seasoned with chili sauce.
2. Very crisp chopped celery
3. Anchovy, shrimp, salmon, tuna, smoked whitefish, or sardine canapÃ© filling.
4. Roquefort cheese softened with cream.
5. Roquefort moistened with mayonnaise.
6. Aged Cheddar cheese softened with cream.
7. Cream cheese and chopped chive.
8. Finely chopped ham, seasoned with prepared mustard, finely chopped pickle, moistened with mayonnaise.
9. Cream cheese and chopped nuts, moistened with pineapple juice.
The recipe featured in this post is from the Mary Margaret McBride Encyclopedia of Cooking, published by the Homemakers Research Institute in 1959.