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Morrison's Cafeteria Red Potatoes in M-1 White Sauce

Subject: Morrison's cafeteria recipes
From: Kristen
Date: 5/20/2020, 6:00 AM

On 5/19/2020 3:29 PM, Kristen wrote:

I’m looking for the recipe of their red new potatoes..., they had a creamy white sauce over them... 
I would get them every time I went!.... please help!

Hi Kristen,

There is no recipe in my copy of the Morrison's Kitchen Manual that calls for red potatoes, so I asked a friend who is a former Morrison's manager. He said:

This is one of those "manager's specials" that was easy to do and should have been in the manual. 
Red potatoes were not a staple. All purpose and dehydrated were used for most recipes. But some 
managers ordered red potatoes, boiled them (if they were large cut them into chunks) and topped them  
with M-1 sauce. They were simply called "Potatoes in white sauce." That dish is an old southern recipe 
that home cooks still use. I know you have the M-1 sauce recipe. M-1 has cheese in it, but sometimes 
it was omitted. Your reader will have to make that choice. 
- James.

Red potatoes in white sauce was apparently not an "official" Morrison's recipe. It was so basic that it didn't need to be included in the kitchen manual. You just boiled the potatoes, topped them with the M-1 white sauce, and served them.

M-1 sauce was an all-purpose white sauce that Morrison's used in dishes where such a sauce is called for. The recipe is below. You'll have to cut it down to size for home use.


Morrison's M-1 Sauce:

2 lbs powdered milk (2 gallons fresh milk can be substituted)
2 gallons water
2 lbs margarine (divided use)
1 lb flour
4 tbs salt
2 tsp white pepper
4 lbs American cheese, grated

Place water in sauce pot, add powdered milk, and mix well with wire whip. Bring t boil over
 medium heat.

While milk is heating, melt 1 1/2 pounds margarine over medium heat in a heavy bottom pot.
Do not let brown. Add flour and make a roux, stirring constantly. Add HOT milk and stir
until sauce is thickened and smooth.

Stir 1/2 lb margarine into sauce.  Add salt and pepper. Add cheese and mix until smooth.
Remove from heat. Sauce may be held for two days only.

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