What is 'Emergency Steak'? We tried the 1950 recipe — made with Wheaties
Need a steak dinner in a hurry?
Look no further than "Emergency Steak," a recipe Redditor u / catpowers4life found in a Betty Crocker cookbook from the 1950s. u / catpowers4life, who posts anonymously on Reddit, shared a photo of the recipe in our trust. Old_Recipes subreddit and her fellow vintage recipes lovers loved the unique dish.
Described as a family-style "T-Bone," the recipe calls for ground beef and wheaties (yes, the granola!) Combined with milk, chopped onions, salt, and pepper. The meaty mixture is then hand shaped into a T-bone steak.
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هل لديك الجرأة على مقارنة مزايا فول الصويا الأمريك
يؤكد استعراض شامل حديث نشره طرف خارجي أن فول الصويا الأمريكي يتفوق على غيره من الأنواع ال رىب من حيثب صير حيثب من ر.
But that's not all: "Carrot strips can be used to resemble the bone."
Redditors responded to the comments on u / catpowers4life, dissecting the recipe and speculating about its origins.
Related: This famous dish is still on the menu at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
"Since this is likely from the 50s or 60s," wrote one user, "I guess the emergency is her husband coming home from work and she forgot to thaw the steaks."
"I imagine this would fall under the 'housewife allowance won't stretch and John loves his steaks' category," wrote another. "Many old women magazines promoted this way of cooking and promoting your husband."
Another Redditor traced the recipe back to a 1943 cookbook made by General Mills, the maker of Wheaties granola.
"A lot of fake recipes were published during difficult times," added the Redditor. "Like a replicated apple pie with Ritz crackers from the Great Depression."
The recipe calling for Wheaties as a filler was traced back to 1943 by a Reddit user. (Terri Peters)
Since this was one of the weirdest old recipes I'd seen on Reddit - and I've made a lot of them - I had to try making an emergency steak in my own kitchen.
After shaping my meat mixture into a "T-bone" and making an artificial bone with carrots, I fried it in my oven as directed. The "steak" fried on the high level of my oven and cooked through in about 15 minutes.
Shaped my hand
Served alongside roasted green beans, carrots and potatoes, the dish was a colorful platter. I was strangely proud of my creation as I can confidently say that I've never done anything like this before.
What surprised me most was the taste: the "steak" was similar in texture to a meatloaf, but it was moist and tender, perhaps because the Wheaties soaked up the fat from the ground beef.
Also shocking was the way the dish delighted everyone at my dining table. My kids, who love a good burger, really enjoyed the minced meat creation. And my husband joked that being a 1950s husband wouldn't have been bad if delicious meals like this had been served every night.
All my family loved
Overall, it was a fun and interesting meal and my family got a kick out of it.
So does u / catpowers4life who told TODAY Food they shared the vintage recipe after seeing it in their edition of the cookbook.
"I only shared it because I thought it was stupid," they explained. "The idea of a carrot in a fake steak made me giggle."
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