recipes for modern day Harvey Girls

To go along with today’s podcast, I though I would mention that you can find a delicious collection of original Harvey House recipes as prepared in the world famous Harvey Houses from Chicago to San Francisco in The Harvey House Cookbook ~ Memories of Dining Along the Santa Fe Railroad by George H. Foster and Peter C. Weiglin.  Since fresh beef and chicken were plentiful in Harvey Houses, I have included some of my favorite main dish recipes for you to try.  These are my own tried and true versions of some of the Harvey House menu items and will please any cowboy or train traveler in your midst! 

Sunday Pot Roast

1 4-5 pound rump roast ( or two 2-3 lb.)
2 TBS. minced garlic
1 pkg. Lipton onion soup mix
1 can Golden Mushroom soup
1 lb. fresh or canned sliced mushrooms
1 lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
Freshly ground pepper
Place meat in crock pot and cover with remaining ingredients.
Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8, depending on how well done you like your roast beef.
Remove from pan and thicken liquid.  Serve with mashed potatoes.

Chicken Enchiladas

3 pounds cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
1 c. finely chopped onion
2 can cream of chicken soup (can use cream of celery or make your own white sauce)
1 can green chilies, seeds removed
10 flour tortillas
2 cans Southwest Cheese soup, mixed with 1 can milk
8 oz. shredded Monterey jack cheese
Mix first 4 ingredients well and fill tortillas.  Put thin layer of cheese sauce on bottom of pan and top with tortillas.  Pour rest of sauce on top and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Serve with sour cream, salsa, chips, beans and rice, or whatever Mexican food your family loves.

Oven Fried Chicken

Fryer, cut up, or chicken breasts with skin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup flour
¼ lb. melted butter
Oil for bottom of pan

Roll chicken in flour and brown in hot oil in roasting pan.  When gold brown, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with salt and papper and bake in 350 degree oven until tender, about 1 hour.  The Harvey girls served this delicious dish with spiced peaches on the side!

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