Monday, February 11, 2008

Love Apple Pie

Everyone knows someone who puts ketchup / catsup on everything ... scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, a bowl of hot water the way Marlo Thomas did in "That Girl". And the Reaganian vegetable is an important ingredient in all sorts of recipes ... barbecue sauce, baked beans, meatloaf, even cake (if you use "That Girl" tomato soup, that is). But "love apple" pie? The photo in the Heinz recipe booklet shows a garish cherry red filling,

and I can assure you after having made it that it was only mildly enhanced (or generic catsup isn't thick and rich enough).

As for the flavor ... actually not bad, especially if you're a ketchup lover, because it certainly doesn't completely disappear into the mix the way other odd additions to desserts always do. I think Heinz is to be commended for coming up with a way to redden up a dessert that doesn't involve red hot candy.

Just make sure your relationship is solid or expendable before you spring this on your loved one for Valentine's Day.

    Love Apple Pie

    ... from Ketchup Recipe Collection, 1988, Heinz
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 5 cups thinly sliced peeled cooking apples (2 to 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

Blend ketchup and lemon juice (if apples are very tart, add 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar to ketchup mixture), combine with apples. Combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon; cut in butter until thoroughly mixed. Fill pie shell with apples; top with sugar mixture. Bake in 375 F oven, 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are cooked. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired. Makes one 9-inch pie.

I didn't notice the parenthetical caution so my pie was a little tart, and I didn't soften the butter because I know better than to try to "cut in" softened butter. Be sure to offer plenty of ice cream, and, to add to the dish's mellowing properties, an unopened packet or two of the condiment from your last order of french fries, for garnish.

The other recipes in the booklet: broiled cheese triangles, spicy stuffed mushrooms, red hot appetizers (with marmelade and hot dogs), surprise dip (I'm beyond being surprised at this point), family French dressing, simple tomato bacon dressing, Thousand Island dressing, Fiesta beef pie, Early American baked beans, family steak marinade, Hawaiian pork chops, novel baked beans, saucy beef and zucchini skillet, glazed top meat loaf, spaghetti sauce American style (doesn't it make you proud), spicy chicken saute, chicken fantastic, Mediterranean chicken, chicken in tomato herb sauce, chicken mexicana, barbecue sauce for chicken, marinated chicken, bayou jambalaya, tuna creole, barbecued fish rolls, chicken tacos, classic burgers, zesty blue cheese burgers, old-fashioned barbecues, spice nut cake, and tic tac toe cookies (which aren't pictured, probably because they look like peanut butter cookies that have been pinked ... stay tuned!)

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