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USDA Commodities Recipes

From: Karen  
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 11:31 PM
Subject: Recipe search

Hello.   I decided to search for the Woolworth’s Cheesecake recipe today and was thrilled to find it on your website!  
I am looking for recipes now that were on the packaging of the government surplus commodity foods that were distributed 
in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Most people who were poor during this time frame know about the “government” cheese but there 
were other items such as potato flakes, canned turkey, canned beef, rice, flour, cornmeal, etc.....   I am specifically 
looking for the potato soup recipe that was on the package of potato flakes and the casserole dish that was on the canned 
turkey container.  The casserole was very much like a strata but had a taste that I have not been able to replicate.  
Some of the ingredients were: canned turkey, white bread, onions, and celery.  I don’t recall it having eggs. The container 
the turkey came in was a plain tin can with black lettering stamped on it.  I believe USDA was in large lettering on it and 
the weight was 32 oz. The potato flakes came in a plain white plastic bag also with black lettering on it.  If I recall 
correctly, the weight on this container was 16 oz.  

I hope I have given you enough information to track these recipes down.  Thank you for your help in finding this information. 



Hello Karen,

I had no success looking for recipes that were on the packages of food distributed by the USDA commodities programs. I searched for a potato soup recipe using the program’s potato flakes, and I found the two recipes below, but neither said they were from the package itself.

I had no success at all with the commodities canned turkey casserole recipe.

I’ll post this on the site. Perhaps one of my readers will have the recipes from the packages.


Potato Soup 

Serves 6. 
5 cups water 
1 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk 
1 cup low sodium beef broth 
1 3/4 cups instant mashed potato flakes 
1 1/2 cups vegetables (carrots, corn, celery etc.) 
Optional seasonings; pepper, garlic salt, parsley flakes 

1. Mix water, beef broth and dry milk in a large pot. 
Heat on low heat. 
2. Stir in potato flakes. 
3. Add vegetables and seasonings. 
4. Simmer for 20 minutes, stir occasionally. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving) - Calories 340 ~ 
fat 1 g ~ calories from fat 10 ~ sodium 470 mg ~ total 
carbohydrate 54 g ~ fiber 2 g
Cream of Potato Soup 
Makes 4 servings 

1/2 onion, chopped 
2 slices of ham, diced 
2 tablespoons butter or margarine 
1 cup instant nonfat dry milk + 
3 cups water (or 3 cups nonfat milk) 
1 (15.5 ounce) can corn 
3/4 cup instant potato flakes 

1. Brown onion and ham in butter or 
margarine for 5 minutes over low heat. 
2. Add milk and corn. 
3. Simmer 5 minutes and add potato flakes.

Wyatt's Cafeteria Chicken Fried Steak

From: Chris
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:39 PM
Subject: Wyatt cafeteria 

I am look for their chicken fried steak recipe could you see if you can find it please


Hello Chris,

Sorry, I had no success with this request. I found that several people had requested it on other sites, with no success.

I’ll post this.

I found remarks on several message boards indicating that what Wyatt's served was actually a breaded veal cutlet rather than what is typically known as chicken fried steak.


Luby's Cafeteria Chicken Fried Steak

While looking for Wyatt's Cafeteria Chicken Fried Steak, I found a recipe for Luby's Cafeteria Chicken Fried Steak here:


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