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Croquettes (VRP 400)

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Vintage Recipe Box 400 comes to us from Chalfont, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

It is a large white metal box that measures 12” D x 5.5” W x 4” H with a metal tag that says “American Home Menu Maker.” According to my research, the box was sold in multiple colors for $1 and included 212 “basic recipes” for an additional $.50. (See the image below that is an order form to purchase the box.)

At this time we do not know anything about the history of the box.

We do show that this box came to us with another box but at this time we are not sure if they were owned by the same person or the eBay seller grouped them together.

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Croquettes (VRP 400)


  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 egg. beaten
  • Flour
  • Bread Crumbs


Melt butter in saucepan; add meat, onion or tuna mixture, 1/4 cup flour and stir until smooth
Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper. Cook until smooth.
Select desired variation from reverse side and add to basic white sauce. Chill before shaping.
Shape croquette mixture into cones
Add water to egg.
Roll croquettes in flour, then egg and then bread crumbs. Chill 1 hour.
Fry in deep fat, heated to 385°F, on controlled surface burner until golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.

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Friday 11th of August 2023

Hi. The card says there's info on the reverse side, but you don't have an image of it. Because it might contain measurements of how much meat or vegetable to use in making the croquettes, do you have that information?

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