Monday, December 3, 2012

Vintage Movie, Vintage Recipe--It's Visions of Sugarplums!

If you're like I am and you get tired of all the "Christmas miracle" holiday movies, may I suggest Bachelor Mother?

Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers) is a seasonal employee at Merlin's department store, wondering where she's going to find a job after Christmas. Due to an enormous misunderstanding, her boss David Merlin (David Niven) believes Polly is an unwed mother and can be convinced not to give up her baby if only she has permanent employment. While Polly gets to keep her job she also ends up responsible for a baby that isn't hers! It's really only a holiday movie in the sense that it's set around the holidays and it's more about the time between Christmas and the New Year than about Christmas itself (although it does start on Christmas Eve), but don't let that stop you. I don't think there are enough post-Christmas movies anyway. Bachelor Mother is available on DVD and will be on TCM December 20th at 10:15 pm (CST).

Maybe it's in my genetic material or something, but I can't seem to pass up a recipe with sausages. So, when I saw this awesome 1940 ad, I knew I had to try the Sausage Cobbler. (I'll definitely be trying the other recipes, too.) What's not to love about combining an apple cobbler with sausage? It seems terribly strange, but it's yummy and it's an awesome way to use up leftovers. How very 1940.

Sausage Cobbler

1/2 lb pork sausage links (the breakfast-sized ones)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (this recipe, without sugar)
1 cup cooked cubed squash or yam (fork-tender)
1 small red-skinned apple, sliced into 1/4"-thick slices

Biscuit topping:
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
1 tablespoon lard, duck fat or other animal fat
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450˚ Fahrenheit. Set aside three of the sausage links and cook the rest over medium-high heat until cooked through. Slice into medallions.

Spread the applesauce over the bottom of a baking dish (I used a small oval gratin), top with the sausage, then top with the squash or yam. Season with salt and pepper.

To make the biscuit topping, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt then rub in the fat until the mixture resembles sand. Stir in the milk then dollop over the top of the cobbler. Top with the three reserved sausages and the apple slices. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned.

Serves 2

Coming up in 2013:
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Check out today's other Visions of Sugarplums bloggers:

Lori (my mom!)

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  1. Well that's definitely an interesting recipe, glad I don't live in the 1940's, not sure I could handle the food, lol!! Great movie choice, I saw that years ago in England with my Gran one wet winter afternoon!


  2. This is a receipe my boys would love, they eat sausage every weekend. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Love that 1940s magazine layout! And the sausage cobbler looks just the right kind of hearty food for a chilly winter's evening!
    Alison x

  4. I'll have to check out the movie...I end up watching the same ones every year, but I kind of love it. (This sounds a little like a riff on one of my favorites, Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck. Well, the not-her-baby part!)

  5. Great recipe, will have to give it a try! Love the variety on this hop and so happy to find a fellow movie lover. :) See ya tomorrow.

  6. Yea for a Ginger Rogers movie I haven't seen! Awesome. That recipe DOES look like pure 1940 innovation. :)

  7. That Sausage cobbler looks yummy.. and the tip on the movie is great I've not seen that one... The hop is fantastic.. Hugs May x x x

    1. Such a shame we've had dinner already Lauren, otherwise I would have gladly tried my hands on this yummy dish! But hey, there are more winter days to come, right?

  8. That recipe looks yummy! I might have to check out the movie as well!

  9. yummy yummy, i gotta try this...thanks for sharing...hugs

  10. I'll have to look for this movie - not one I've seen. Are you going to make sausage cobbler for us in December? Happy Visions of Sugarplums!

  11. Yummy sausage dish along with a wonderful vintage movie. What could be better? Thanks for sharing!
    Huggies & Smiles ~

  12. Bet my hubby would love this dish. The movie sounds fun. My daughter and I love to catch the old ones together from time to time. :-)

  13. That sounds like an interesting combo, your photo of it really won me over! Like to try new things!

  14. this looks delicious. apple and pork go great together. looking forward to trying this out and checking out your other recipes.

  15. Oh, this looks so yummy! This would be a good Christmas morning treat too I think! I've never heard of this movie, sounds cute though. I love this era in movies :)

  16. omgosh, how fun...I've never seen that movie, but will be looking for it now, thank you!
    your recipe looks delish! All the guys in my family are sausage lovers!
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. I am not familiar with this movie but it sounds like a fun one! And your sausage cobbler looks terrific for a winter's day. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season!


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