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Veal Chops Passetto (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 and has 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, which 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 the same person owned them or if the eBay seller grouped them.

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Veal Chops Passetto

Veal Chops Passetto

Veal Chops Passetto (VRP 400)


    In a saucepan, melt ½ stick or 1/4 cup butter, stir in 1 small onion, ½ stalk of celery, and 1 small carrot, all finely chopped, and cook the vegetables until they are well browned. Add 3/4 pound mushrooms, trimmed and very finely chopped, 1/4 pound Parma ham, chopped and 2 tablespoons drained capers. Stir in 1½ cups tomato sauce, 1/4 cup white wine, and salt and pepper to taste and cook the sauce for about 25 minutes, stirring frequently.
    In a skillet, melt ½ cup butter, add 4 veal chops, weighing about 8 ounces each, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste.
    Saute the shops until they are almost tender.
    Place each chop with a generous amount of sauce on a piece of parchment paper or aluminium foil large enough to completely enclose the food and seal the packet securely. Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake them in a hot oven (400° F.) for 10 minutes. Serve the chops in their cases on heated plates. Serves 4.

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