Satellite Tomatoes are out of this world!

By Kerry

Betty Crocker's Outdoor Cook Book

You all know that I cannot resist a classic Betty Crocker cook book. So, when I found a copy of “Betty Crocker’s Outdoor Cook Book” at the thrift store, I could not pass it up. I used to think Betty could never disappoint me…but she is drawing a gender line in the sand when it comes to outdoor cooking. Case in point:

Betty Crocker Equipment

© Copyright 1961 by General Mills, Inc. Illustration by Tom Funk

Hmmmm, what do all these cooks have in common? I can’t quite put my finger on it. Oh…I see, Betty. I see what you mean by “equipment.” *tsk tsk*

© Copyright 1961 by General Mills, Inc. Illustration by Tom Funk

© Copyright 1961 by General Mills, Inc. Illustration by Tom Funk

“Understand Your Fire” huh? That must’ve been the “Feminine Mystique” for Mid-Century dudes.

I know what you’re thinking.

“Kerry, when the weather heats up, Betty’s just suggesting that the little ladies put their feet up while the menfolk handle the grill.”

You’re wrong. There’s still plenty to prepare back in the kitchen!

I decided to try my hand at one of the recipes in the book. The first contender was the “popular frankfurter variation” of Stuffed Franks. Stuffed with what? Peanut Butter! Then, wrapped in bacon. I ultimately passed on that one, because…peanut butter hot dog.

Then, I saw that Betty was once again recommending the serving of something called Satellite Tomatoes. This recipe also appeared in Betty’s “Parties for Children” book. This salad consists of a whole tomato with a celery stick, carrot stick, and green onion stuck in it. Think I’m making that up? Here’s the illustration:

© Copyright 1964 by General Mills, Inc. Illustration by Lois M. Freeman

© Copyright 1964 by General Mills, Inc. Illustration by Lois M. Freeman

Now, keep in mind, Betty is recommending that you serve this dish at outdoor picnics and children’s parties. Because, nothing is easier to eat than a whole tomato with stuff sticking out of it. I will say this, Satellite Tomatoes are super easy to prepare. It took about two minutes. Behold:

Betty Crocker Satellite Tomato

There are two ways to approach eating this. The first, and what I ultimately chose, is to remove the carrot, celery, and green onion, slice up the tomato and eat. The second, and what I can only imagine is the intended way to eat this, is to eat this like an apple with pointy vegetable sticks poking you in the face the entire time.

What do you think? Eager to try Satellite Tomatoes for your next get together?

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Mariko
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I love that you actually prepared a Satellite Tomato, not to mention figuring out how to eat it. Also, the illustrations in that book are gorgeous. I’m such a sucker for mid-century commercial illustrations.

Kim
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lol hilarious yeah I think making it and admiring the presentation and then take it apart and slice up and enjoy :)

love your retro posts :)

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