Growing up, my memema made her “famous”
when it snowed, when I had a cold, when she didn’t know what else to make.
Now, my Mom, Aunt, cousins we all make it, a little different.
As every time you would ask Mema how she made it she would tell you the way she had most recently made it. I think it was based on what she had in the fridge/pantry at the time.
Much like the way I cook!
So feel free to tweak the recipe based on what you have on hand, from my families kitchen to yours.
This is the original recipe card that I wrote back in the 7th grade! That was when we moved to G’boro and I was in charge of cooking dinner. Started with the family favs.
3 medium baking potatoes, diced
1 large onion, diced
3 ribs of celery, sliced
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/2 t garlic
Cover with water, salt, pepper & garlic.
Simmer until fork tender.
In sauce pan mix:
2 T butter
2 T flour
2 c milk (she always used whole I use 2%)
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 c catsup
3 T mustard
2 – 28oz cans tomatoes
(I prefer whole,plum tomatoes to rough chop. you can use diced, whatever you like!)
Melt butter, mix in flour, add milk; mix well (adjust to make thick) Blend in remaining ingredients EXCEPT tomatoes and stir for 5 mins.
Add to potato mix and add tomatoes
It gets better the longer it sits! And it makes a ton!
I hope you enjoy, as it sure reminds me of my Mema,
snowy days, football games, curling up on the couch!
xoxo, Mama Bird