Old West Recipes Archives

Chuckwagon: Potato Pie

from 1885 Farmer Almanac

    Boil on-quarter pound potatoes until soft, then peel them and rub them through a sieve.  Add one quart of milk, three teaspoonfuls of melted butter, four beaten eggs, and sugar and nutmeg to taste.  Bake as you would a custard pie.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Sorghum Cake

   This was a dessert made either at the ranch or restaurants in town.  It couldn’t be made on the cattle drive because of the need for butter and eggs, two items that would not remain fresh during a three month cattle drive.

2 Tablespoons butter
½ Cup sugar
2 Eggs
1 Cup sorghum molasses
½ Cup water
½ Teaspoon baking soda
2 Cups flour

  Start by mixing the butter and sugar.  Then add the eggs.  In a separate bowl mix the molasses, water and baking soda.  Mix all the ingredients together.  Bake about 45 minutes at a 350 degree temperature.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Cornmeal Pudding

3 Cups cornmeal mash
2 Tablespoons flour
5 Beaten eggs
½ Cup melted butter
1 Cup molasses
½ Cup milk
Juice and rind of 1 lemon

Stir altogether and bake ½ hour in a very moderate oven.
Serve with a sweet sauce.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Molasses Pie

3 eggs
1 teacupful of brown sugar
½ of a nutmeg
2 tablespoonfuls of butter

Beat well together. Stir in 1 teacupful of molasses with above ingredients. If you have no molasses, maple syrup will work. Bake in pie shell.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

Chuckwagon: Stuffing For A Turkey

From an 1888 cookbook

Mix thoroughly a quart of stale bread, very finely grated; the grated rind of a lemon; quarter of an ounce of minced parsley and thyme, one part thyme, two parts parsley; and pepper and salt to season.  Add to these one unbeaten egg and half a cup of butter; mix all well together and moisten with hot water or milk.  Other herbs than parsley or thyme may be used if preferred, and a little onion, finely minced, added if desired.  The proportions given here may be increased when more is required.

*Courtesy of Chronicle of the Old West newspaper, for more click HERE.

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