Cooking with Mickey Mouse

Hello Mickey!

Move over Julia Child, Rachel Ray, or Rick Bayless. Turns out Mickey Mouse is also a chef producing quite a few cook books over the years. I’m fortunate enough to now own the earliest of the Mickey Mouse cook books dating from the 1930s.

This was quite a find for me. Hidden in the back of an antique store, sitting rather forlornly on a shelf, I snapped it right up since the price was just $3! The small pamphlet is titled, Mickey Mouse Recipe Scrap Book. This clever little marketing gimmick appears to have been used by bread companies to promote their product appealing to moms looking for recipes and kids wanting to have fun gluing in Disney character pictures. On the back of my cook book is an ad for Bamby Bread, but I’ve seen others on-line that advertise other bread companies. Why the ad? Because every single recipe in the cook book uses bread thus making it a clever marketing tool for the bread companies.

Here’s what little I learned about Bamby Bread. It was a national brand of bread. Bakeries could buy the rights to make and market it from their own bakery. Here’s a history of Bamby Bread in Missouri in the 20s and 30s and an interesting news clipping about the bread being sold in South Carolina in the 1920s. This article says that Bamby stands for Best American Bread Made Yet.

Bamby Bread being sold in Missouri

What kind of recipes are in the Mickey cook book? Well, rather simple ones since each recipe had to fit on a very small page surrounded by Disney illustrations. I wondered how they’d taste so Dan and I decided we’d start with Meat Loaf Pie. It sounded appealing enough…..

Here’s the recipe:

  • 12 slices of bread (sadly, no Bamby Bread is available. I used wheat bread which of course is not what Bamby Bread was. White would have been more appropriate.)
  • 2 tbs. butter or drippings
  • 2/3 c. sliced onion
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 lb. Hamburg steak (i.e. hamburger meat)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 large can tomatoes (who knows what large meant to them? I used 2 8oz cans)
  • 2 tbs. butter

Melt butter or drippings in a frying pan

Add onions and green pepper and cook until soft

Add hamburger meat and cook until browned

Remove crusts from the bread and cut off two corners of each slice to form 12 triangles (see picture)

Bread artfully arranged to make bottom and top crusts

Fit 6 triangles in bottom of buttered baking dish (I ended up using more to cover the bottom of my pan)

Add salt and tomatoes to meat mixture

Put layer of meat on top of bread in baking dish

Then add another layer of bread triangles

Alternate meat with bread until meat is used

End with a top layer of buttered bread triangles

Bake in 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes until crust is brown

Serves 6

This is then followed by a nice reminder “One of the most important ingredients in this meat pie is bread.”

Hamburger Pie with mashed parsnips

The result? The first night we ate this it was not so great. The tomatoes just really hadn’t melded enough with the meat mixture and tasted a bit raw.  And it was just a tad bland even for vintage food. But when we had left overs the next day it had improved enough that we continued to eat it till finished. Would we make it again? Nope. But I’m still game to try some of the other Mickey recipes.

Just for interest, here is another 1930s version of Hamburger Pie that uses bread as the crust.

Let me know if you remember having a Mickey Mouse Cook Book!

 

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