I’m very sorry to tell you that my Martha Stewart Double Raisin Pie has been banned from Thanksgiving once again by the haters. 5 couples, a Harvard Med intern and an exchange student from China are coming together for a buffet so I don’t see what’s the harm in putting the pie on the table in case someone is not repulsed by it. But no. It is not to be.
The menu is a Traditional 70s-era T-Day with various ethnic additions. The menu will be composed of various individual contributions and, as I understand it, it’s shaping up like this:
- Turkey, catered
- Stove Top stuffing
- gravy from jars
- green bean casserole (soup + canned onions)
- sweet potato casserole with marshmallow topping
- vegetarian lasagna
- Pillsbury biscuits
- some kind of green salad with orange slices in it
- maybe a pie
Now where’s my proposal for a replacement dish since my raisin pie artistry was thwarted: Chinese Tuna Casserole. This is an oddball version of your basic Tuna Wiggle, made Chinese(-ish) by the addition of LaChoy chow mien noodles , water chestnuts and “mandarin” orange slices. Stick with this, it’s really great tasting, if somewhat gloppy in appearance. It’s right up the alley of these green bean casserole lovers, and the orange slice salad people can’t complain about it, it would suit the vegetarians, and of course it’s Chinese (-ish). My offer to make this has been rejected, but only half-heartedly so I might just show up with this anyway. I think it’s a big winner.
- 1 can of tuna
- 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 1/2 cup finely sliced celery
- 1 can water chestnuts, drained
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cups chow mien noodles, divided
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 cup canned Mandarin orange sections, drained
Mix up the soup and water and add all the other ingredients, but save a few of the noodles for garnishing the top. Put in a baking dish you’ve buttered first. Put the remaining noodles on top and bake without a cover at 375 degrees for 20 or 30 minutes.
This is a very good dish that will leave them talking, one way or another, and you can see how it is destined to please everyone except the kielbasi people.