Recipes inspired by Mormon dinners

By ANDREW ARMSTRONG / Recipe Columnist

In the year 1823, Joseph Smith, who was living in upstate New York, said he had been sent a divine vision from God. These visions led to the discovery of ancient artifacts that were received into society as missing scriptures of the Bible.

In March 1830, these findings were published in a book we now call “The Book of Mormon.” Growing up, I knew of many local Mormon families. Mindy Black was one of my very good friends in high school. In those days she was known as Mindy Bennett; however, she has since married. I keep in touch with Mindy and her husband Joseph. I deeply respect their family and my wonderful friends that I have met through them.

I went to several church dinners with Mindy and her family when I was growing up. Here are several recipes inspired by such meals.

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Mormon Turkey Dressing

¼ a cup of margarine or butter

¼ a cup of onions, chopped

¼ a cup of celery, chopped

½ a teaspoon of salt

½ a teaspoon of black pepper

¼ a teaspoon of sage

2 apples, peeled and chopped

4 cups of bread crumbs

Milk and stock

Sauté the first seven ingredients together. Once sautéed to the desired color, add in the bread crumbs and brown everything together. Once cooked, mix in the remaining ingredients and moisten. Use the mixture to stuff the bird, then cook according to the package directions.

Mrs. Helen’s Pancakes

2 egg, separated

1½ cups of whole wheat flour

3 tablespoons of sugar

1 tablespoons of baking powder

¾ a teaspoon of salt

1½ cups of milk

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Beat the egg whites and form stiff peaks. In a separate bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Add milk, egg yolks and oil. Fold together the two mixtures. Preheat and grease a griddle with cooking spray. Use ¼ a cup ladle for the batter. Pour on to the griddle and once it has set and firmed on the edges, flip and cook until the batter is dried inside.

Sunday Morning Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup of flour

1 cup of oatmeal

1 egg

1 cup of sour milk

½ a cup of brown sugar

½ a cup of butter, melted

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of baking powder

½ a teaspoon of baking soda

Soak the oatmeal and milk together for one hour. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix everything together and divide the mixture into muffin tins. Cook for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Battalion’s 5-Hour Stew

4 potatoes, diced

6 carrots, chopped

1 cup of celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

1 cup of water

2 small cans of tomato sauce

2 pounds of stew meat

1½ teaspoons of salt

1½ teaspoons of black pepper

Preheat the oven at 250 degrees. Combine the ingredients. Cover and cook the mixture for five hours on 250 degrees.

Mormon Funeral Potatoes

8 medium, baked and grated potatoes

½ a cup of butter, melted

2 cans of creamed condensed soup (You choose the flavor of soup.)

1 cup of sour cream

½ a cup of cheese, shredded

2 cups of cornflakes, crushed

2 tablespoons of butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first five ingredients together and pour into a greased baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining ingredients over the top to create the topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.