I love the pictures in cookbooks. Great pictures of good food make me hungry. Great pictures of bad food intrigue me. In Betty Crocker’s “New Good and Easy Cook Book” (1962) ,there is a full colour photo of a hearty-looking, meaty ring filled with a lumpy white sauce. Intriguing! And next to the picture is a cryptic sidebar indicating that this dish is “Meant for Men.” Even more intriguing. The sidebar is flanked with little line drawings of moustachioed gentlemen. Moustachioed gentlemen, you guys! You know I have to answer a challenge like that!
So this is a Sausage Ring meant for Serious Sausage Parties only, eh? This sounds like it could be the making of a battle-of-the-sexes scenario: challenging stereotypes left and right, eating foods that are not meant to be processed by my delicate feminine digestion. The ol’ boys down at Patriarchy Central will surely be dropping their cigars and popping their monocles in outrage when they see how one of those wily feminists has absconded with their precious sausage ring!
Even with all of the bread crumbs mixed in, the sausage ring is still really dense. It is freaking solid. And perhaps grocery store pork sausage is leaner in 2012 than it was in 1962, because I tried to drain fat off of it twice while it was baking and there was nothing to drain. I could hardly believe it. Maybe the bread crumbs sucked it all up? I suppose the pieces of hard cooked egg in the sauce make this dish a bit more breakfasty, but they just didn’t do anything for me. There are mushrooms in the sauce, too, and part of me wonders if the sausage ring would be better if it was augmented by a savoury mushroom sauce, instead. That’s right, Patriarchy Central… I took over your sausage ring, and now I’m trying to change it! Isn’t that just like a woman?
You know what? The men can keep this one. Have at it, boys.
Sunday Morning Sausage Ring
2 lb. bulk pork sausage
2 eggs, beaten
2 tbsp. grated onion
1½ cups fine dry toast or bread crumbs
¼ cup chopped parsley, if desired
Heat oven to 350° (mod.). Lightly butter a 9″ ring mold. Mix ingredients well and pack into mold. Bake 20 min., take from oven and pour off excess fat. Bake 20 min. more. Turn onto heated platter and fill with scrambled eggs (8 to 12 eggs) or Eggs Ã la King.
The recipe featured in this post is from Betty Crocker’s New Good and Easy Cookbook, published in 1962.