Frank and Corn Crown via 1965

February 12th, 2011

CNN dared me to do this.

But seriously I love reading cooking suggestions from ads in magazines from the 30s through the 60s. I’ve always been tempted to try a recipe, but am usually too grossed out.

Tonight, I suppose going out to buy cream-style corn and frankfurters was entertaining. I can’t remember the last time I bought either, but I’m positive I’ve never bought them both at the same time, especially on a Friday night.

Why do this on a green blog? Perhaps to celebrate how Better Homes and Gardens no longer publishes a “meat cook book,” where the Frank and Corn Crown made its debut. At least I hope they don’t!

For the full recipe and the vintage Frank and Corn Crown photo (to compare with my lovely creation), visit CNN: Vintage Cookbook Vault: Franks a lot!

As someone who doesn’t consume canned corn or hot dogs, I was pretty grossed out by this recipe. However, as the onions and peppers simmered in the butter (ah, I never cook in butter like that) and the bread crumbs brought the whole thing together, I started to think that just maybe this dish would be good. Then, when it came time to stick in the frankfurters, it seemed a bit too weird to eat.

“It’s not bad,” my husband pretty much summed up as we had a slice of this crown pie at midnight. Imagine a sweet corn casserole with hot dogs. It doesn’t seem like it should go together, but it’s perfectly edible.

Nope, I’m not advocating for going back to the weird recipes of yesteryear, but if you make this for a group of 12-year-old boys you’ll probably get a good response. I’d skip it at the potluck at work though. Its seems a bit too Freudian for that.

(My Frank and Corn Crown photos: You may use these photos elsewhere for laughs, but please credit Light Green Stairs.)

3 Responses to “Frank and Corn Crown via 1965”

  1. Diana on March 9, 2011 11:32 pm

    Well, thanks for the review, but pretty sure I won’t try it – but you did, and you survived. Interesting idea.

  2. Peggy on March 10, 2011 12:48 am

    Diana, yeah, not the most beautiful thing I’ve made. Perhaps I should post a pretty recipe soon!

  3. Dale on December 6, 2011 5:47 pm

    My grandmother used to make this all the time when I was a kid (I’m 41 now). I still make it occasionally for my own kids.

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