Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Carrots and Horseradish, More Nasty-Assery

I have terrible childhood memories of being forced to eat this winner which was a favorite of my stepmother. Remember, the woman was evil. Only someone evil would cook this recipe and force a child to choke it down. She used to take this dish everywhere. Now, it was bad to begin with but she actually made it worse. As this was the early 80s, during the advent of the microwave, she fancied herself very chic and cosmopolitan by trying to cook everything in the microwave. Including this.


2 c. diced, cooked carrots (make even grosser by using canned)

3/4 c. mayonnaise (but really you should use Miracle Whip)
1/4 c. onion, grated
1/4 c. horseradish (because this goes great with carrots!)
Crushed Ritz crackers (of course, how could we leave those out?)

Combine all ingredients. Place in buttered 1-quart casserole and cover with crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Or you know, you could just zap it in the microwave until its unevenly cooked and even soggier, because that's great too.


NeekoalinAZ said...


Carrot Casserole? Nasty. I couldn't even get past the title.

No wonder you grew up with issues.

Anonymous said...

Good GAWD but that sounds foul! I'm sorry you had to search for so long for a CURE for your stomach ailments-- guess you never had to question the CAUSE, huh?

Architect Critic said...

Absolutely not! Who the heck thought of this, anyway? It sounds like the kind of thing you make up when that's all you have in the house and you are flat broke.

Plus, I'm just not a fan of horseradish.

Heather said...

This sounds like something a stray dog wouldn't eat. Blech! How on earth you ended up being someone who cooked professionally - and well - is a testament to your Mom and StepDad. Yeesh...

Stephanie said...

Oh my GOD. I am not a squeamish person, but I totally dry heaved just now. Ugh. I eat carrots for breakfast every morning, but... with mayonnaise? And horseradish?! Aaaaaaaaghh#$%W$RGSR. NO THANK YOU.

Missicat said...

Good Lord...a recipe truly conceived in Hell!!! BLECH!!!

Lyn Mari said...

Well, actually a number of people have requested that I make it for them because they love it so much. But then I always use fresh sliced carrots and you must us bread crumbs and grated cheddar cheese for the topping and cook until crispy cheesy goodness is on top.

Or I just know an extremely strange group of people.

Karen said...

My sister-in-law makes the orginal version of whatever this was before someone thought of doing this horrible thing to it. Fresh carrots (carefully selected for their blunt ends, so that they're sweet and crisp), sliced into long quarters, blanched, arranged in a casserole, with a little strip of a sauce made of good mayo and horseradish across the middle. Simple, excellent, and probably something I won't be able to eat again because this recipe here on your blog is so grotesque!

I wish I still had the cookbook that came with my old Amana Radarange in 1979. It was called "Microwave Magi," and had an author photo on the cover. She had a beehive and a pantsuit. I have a feeling I could come up with many wonderful delicacies for your blog with this recource, but it's long gone.

LegalMist said...

I think I am tasting a bit of bile in the back of my throat.... excuse me for a minute...

* * * * *

ok, there, all better now.

Wow, that sounds truly awful.

Jeannie said...

ugh - the Kraft recipe mag came yesterday...I haven't looked through it yet

That Girl said...

I could probably come up with a version of that recipe that's not foul, but the real question is - would I want to? I'm not sure. I like carrots and I do like horseradish (a lot), but I'm still out on whether or not I believe the two can or do go together. Sounds like an interesting experiment. Maybe.

The recipe as is sounds like it really is quite nasty-assed, though. Especially if nuked. *shudder*

I'm glad my family sticks with the basics on holidays. There may not be anything terrifically interesting on the menu, but at least you know what is there will taste good!

Little Miss Domestica said...

Here's a nasty-assed recipe that snuck up on me. Nothing is worse than sitting with the bf's family for the first Thanksgiving (I'm in Canada, eh?) and having this plunked on your plate.

I'd been hearing about "bean stuff" for ages; it's so good, just green beans and mushrooms. Orly? what kind of mushrooms? Mushroom sauce, they'd say. Doesn't sound so bad.

Turns out his mom made it every year and they all loved it. This year was the first year without his mom :( and his family wasn't sure who was going to make it. Turns out his dad did.

So, I attempt to try the "bean stuff". Half a mouthful was all I could do and my bf scraped the rest off my plate. I wouldn't even let the residue touch the rest of my food.

Maybe it's just me and some people love this stuff, but I wouldn't eat this if I was on a deserted island - bring me the bugs!

Bean Stuff
1 bag frozen green beans
1 can mushroom sauce (aka mushroom soup with no water)
slices of marble cheddar cheese

Mix green beans and mushroom sauce, top with cheese and bake.

martee said...

OMG that is VILE sounding... I gagged reading it. I hate mayo and miracle whip even more!
and the soggy cracker think GAWD why didn't someone tell her to please not make that crap anymore.

Anonymous said...

my mother used to make this hideous salad of grated carrots, raisins, and mayonnaise. it was unbelievably nasty. she'd argue with me... "but you like carrots!" yes, i would agreed that i did. "and you love raisins..." and i also agreed that i loved raisins. "and you have me put mayonnaise on your sandwiches." she had me there. "so why won't you eat my salad?" it was as if it were a personal insult if i didn't eat her salad. but every nasty mouthful made me want to puke. some things were never meant to go together, i've learned. even though they can. happy thanksgiving, sunny

Emily said...

I had a Thanksgiving potluck at work today and was expecting to have some nasty-assery to report, but somehow everyone brought perfectly normal, edible things.

Mary said...

A co-worker recently shared a delightful little recipe with me -- Barbaque Chip Chicken. The recipe she told was similar to the one I found here: http://www.bigoven.com/48840-Sandras-Bbq-Chip-Chicken-recipe.html except for a few changes I know you're familiar with: Miracle Whip instead of margarine and microwaving instead of baking.

I just nodded and smiled...

kerry said...

I just remembered- my father-in-law made soup with lettuce once during my husband's childhood. It was so horrible even the chickens wouldn't eat it. And they'll eat anything.

R said...

"grated carrots, raisins, and mayonnaise"

Your carrots and horseradish story reminded me of a similar dish I was forced to consume as a child, but I couldn't remember it clearly. Then, wham, there it was posted by someone else, complete with a similar guilt trip song and dance to try to get you to eat it.

There must have been a magazine or cookbook somewhere that had this crappy recipe, and the phrase,"your family loves carrots, raisins, and miracle whip, right?"

I wish you could rinse out the taste of things from your mind, and not just your tongue.

Anonymous said...

"I wish you could rinse out the taste of things from your mind, and not just your tongue."

That's totally brilliant, R!

Anonymous said...

Oh well, I am going to sound like the heathen here, but I luuuv mayonnaise-based carrot salads (as long as the carrots are raw and nicely shredded). I actually prefer them the way the French frequently prepare them: cold, shredded in a vinaigrette. But I do recall eating them cold, shredded, in a mayonnaise dressing, and loved them. I wonder how the horseradish would taste, though, and having them cooked to mushy isn't so appetizing to me.
But I'll even eat the cold shredded carrots/mayonnaise with raisins added (though not my fave), and will even down a few spoonfuls if pineapple is added (yes, you read it right folks...cold carrots/mayo/pineapple/raisins..that had to have been a ladies' lunch standard from wayback, because I have seen it on cold buffets and potlucks too numerous to remember!

But anything with that nasty canned cream of mushroom soup concentrate (green bean casserole, but especially tuna fish casserole) gets a big thumbs down from me.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

Wide Lawns said...

You know what, I like raw carrot, raisin, pineapple salad myself. I even like the one from Chick-fil-a. There's also a middle eastern salad of raw shredded carrot in a sort of sweet vinaigrette that I really like too. My stepmother's recipe was nothing like the other two things.

BohoPoetGirl said...

Flippin GROSS!!! I remember a carrot raisin mayo salad from Passover @my Aunts. And the ubiquitous Jello mold of course... Seriously, there's just no excuse for this sort of Nasty Assery - not even not being able to eat leavened things for 8 days. Do these people have different taste buds or do they not know eating is supposed to be pleasurable...

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Kali said...

Both of my siblings are professional chefs, and they will tell you that cooking comes down to creative chemistry, which is why you can like all the individual ingredients in a recipe, but gag when you combine them.

I actually throught bean stuff sounded kinda tasty, kinda like a dish I make called "Shit Mix". Ground beef (or the fake stuff if you're a vegetarian like me), a can of mushrooms, a can of mushroom soup, an onion chopped and fried), frozen peas, a can of corn, soy suace, Worcestershire sauce garlic salt and seasoning salt. Serve over pasta or rice.

Shit Mix.

Anonymous said...

i think i would have eaten the carrot mix with vinaigrette. even as a kid. i'm a huge fan of german salads and they're all about pickled/vinaigrette soaked ingredients.

shit mix sounds intriguing. i think i'm going to [inflict] try it out on my family right after thanksgiving.

big hugs, sunny

Marcie said...

I believe we had that at my in-laws house. It was nasty.

Anonymous said...

I hope I'm not too late on the nasty assed bonanza, but I came across this lovely "salad" and delicious sounding "dressing" on a website recommended by one of you other readers. 7-Up mixed with vinegar, mustard, eggs, AND cream...a perfect compliment to 7-Up hot applesauce lime jello.

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