Ham Banana Rolls: Because We Haven’t Ruined Anyone’s Lunch In A While

If I’ve learned anything from listening to old time radio and watching old PSAs, it’s that the people of the decades previous to my birth were expected to purchase and ingest some pretty questionable things. And while I realize that this carries on to this day, it doesn’t change the fact that in 1947, this recipe for Ham Banana Rolls happened.

How to make “HAM BANANA ROLLS”

6 thin slices boiled ham
prepared mustard
6 firm bananas, peeled
cheese sauce

Use all-yellow or slightly green-tipped bananas

Spread each slice of ham lightly with mustard. Wrap a slice of the prepared ham around each banana. Place in a buttered shallow baking pan and pour cheese sauce over bananas. Bake in a moderate oven (350°F.) 30 minutes, or until bananas are tender … easily pierced with a fork.

Serve hot with cheese sauce from the pan poured over each roll.

Holy christ, am I right?

Of course those people made it, because they come from braver stock than I.

Shocking news of this day: this qualified for a “meh” rating rather than outright “disgusting.” (No one’s more surprised than I am!) Don’t get me wrong: nobody enjoyed this, and we’ll never make it again. But it actually wasn’t as bad as you’d expect from ham stuffed with a mustardy banana. If you got a bite with a good distribution of banana, ham, mustard, and cheese, the flavors almost worked. ALMOST. (If you got a bite with just banana and American cheese, well, barf.)

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