Trash Can Meal

I’ve never had the opportunity to participate in a clam bake, although I’ve seen the fixings on TV many times. The clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster, sausage, corn, potatoes and whatever else the cook could find looks like quite a meal. Then again, we haven’t spent much time in the Louisiana area, hence, the chance to participate hasn’t arisen. We usually spend time each year in the Amish country of Indiana, Ohio or Pennsylvania. They don’t have clam bakes there, that I’m aware of, but they do have the occasional Trash Can meal. I’m going to try it the next time I have to cook for a couple of dozen people. I’ll  finish the meal by serving an Ice Cream Sunday in an eave trough. We’ve done that before and it was a hit. Here’s the makings for the Trash Can meal.

Build a fire under a grate of some kind. Concrete blocks stacked 3 high with a grate on top would work fine. Place the following ingredients in a large trash can in the following order:

3 to 4 dozen ears of sweet corn (cleaned and placed on end)[Enough to cover entire bottom]
1 peck new potatoes, medium sized, scrubbed
3 heads cabbage, quartered
3 pkg carrots, scrubbed
whole turnips or celery, optional
2 lbs green beans, on sheet of aluminum foil
salt and pepper
1 lb bacon, fried crispy and crumbled

Place 2 quarts of hot water into the trash can, cover and place on grate over medium fire. It should be steaming in 30 minutes.

Add smoked sausage about 1 hour before serving. Fresh sausage should be precooked.

Add hot dogs and/or bologna about 45 minutes before serving.

This process usually takes around 3 hours on a medium fire and will serve 20 to 25 people (depending on their appetite).

Feel free to add other veggies and meats as desired.

Keep your fork


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