In the six or so years this blog has existed, we've all learned a great deal about the Kansas City Royals.
I think the most important thing we've learned so far, is this:
That's right, Steve "Mingo" Mingori, über-LOOGY reliever for the Royals from 1973-1979, enjoyed cooking. I mean, just look at him go up there. He's got a steaming pot in one hand, a church collection plate in the other, and a smile on his face. Or maybe that's Mingo's trademark mustache?
Either way, it looks like he knew his way around a bare counter top.
It was with this precious knowledge in my head that I decided whatever recipe submitted under Mingo's name in my 1976 Royals Cookbook was going to be the next recipe we cover on Royales with Cheese.
But when I found it, I decided I had made a huge mistake. Here's the entry:
That's right, Mama Pearl Mingo's Famous Cabbage Casserole!
But the wife and I pressed on. For the first time in our lives, we bought a head of cabbage.
I know, CRAZY, right?
Luckily, the rest of the crap we had lying around. Here are the ingredients:
You'll notice we substituted shredded cheese for cubed. That's because shredded cheese melts much quicker when making a sauce by hand. Also, full disclosure, that bottle of Paprika has an expiration date of March 2008. It's the Safeway brand, and we haven't lived near a Safeway for about six years. Oops.
Here are some interesting/revolting images of the process:
If you weren't imagining the smell of cabbage the whole time you were scrolling through those pictures, you were doing it wrong.
I was concerned at this point because with everything mixed together, it didn't really look like casserole.
Like, at all.
But maybe half an hour at 325 degrees would do the trick?
Sort of, I guess.
Again, at this point, I have to mention the smell.
My god, the smell.
There was no turning back, though, so we put some on our plates and dug in.
And it was surprisingly NOT terrible.
In fact, I'd even call it edible. Sort of like those packages of instant pasta sides-- Alfredo Broccoli, Spinach Parmesan, whatever. A decent way to get your kids to eat some veggies without much of a fight.
As for the taste, I'll just state the obvious. It tastes like cabbage, cheese, and saltines. Just imagine that. That's what it is. How much you enjoy each bite is dependent on the ratio between those three things on your fork, meaning it can range from sweet to tangy to bitter.
The worst part of the casserole was definitely the smell. It lasted for DAYS. And that was with the windows open and fans blowing.
Obviously, Mama Pearl's Cabbage Casserole is more of a side dish, so unless you're bringing it to a large gathering, you should probably halve the recipe.
You don't want to be like us, stuck with a leftover tray of this:
Both my wife and I gave this 2.5 out of 5 Francoeurs.
What say you, Steve Mingori?
So what have we learned today?
2.5 Francoeurs = Heaven, I guess.
We don't always have to learn something, you guys.
Go Cabbage Casserole! You Tasted Fine!