Great Depression Recipes – 1929 Depression Casserole

So for the new year, I’m researching recipes from the Great Depression. And yes I realize that Clara has a corner on the market with her recipes, video’s and stories of what it was actually like to live during the depression. I can’t compete with that. And I’m not about to try. I just want to try making a few of the more obscure recipes that were invented during the depression.

You know. For fun!

I’m planning on starting with this recipe. This sounds a lot like my Granma’s recipe called “Shipwreck”, but with a few variations. Although, I’m betting that during the depression ground beef might have been hard to come by, so I wonder if they used hot dogs instead? Or no meat at all? Anyone know?

1929 Depression Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
Kidney beans (1 can)
5 sliced raw lg. potatoes
3 sliced raw onions
10 oz. bottle catsup
Salt, pepper and garlic powder
Green pepper

Brown ground beef and flavor with salt, pepper and garlic powder. In 9 x 13 inch casserole pan layer kidney beans, sliced raw potatoes, sliced onion, diced green pepper, top with ground beef, and cover with catsup, repeat with a second layer in same order. Cover and bake at 375 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover during the last 15 minutes of baking. May need to add small amount of water if too dry.

Recipe found at

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