The most humble of comfort food. Who would have imagined when the recipe for
“Cannelon of Beef” showed up in Fannie Farmer’s 1918 “Boston Cooking School Cook
Book” that every mom in America would someday have her own version?
Fannie made hers with slices of salt pork laid over the top and served it with brown
mushroom sauce. (In her day, you had to cut the meat finely by hand; the advent of
commercial grinders changed all that.)
However your mom made it — we’re guessing ketchup on top? — she probably served that
oh-so-reliable meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans.
And you were probably made to sit there, all night if need be, if you didn’t eat all your
beans. A better threat might have been no meatloaf sandwich in your lunch tomorrow.