Do you know what a noodle ring is? When I read that it was Noodle Ring Day, I immediately tried to research what that meant. Many sites referred to this day, but did not talk about what it meant. So I had to dig a little deeper.
The term noodle ring actually refers to a dish or recipe rather than the cookware (which I thought it must be).
It appears to have been very popular during the depression era. My guess is that this was a way of dressing up the meal.
A noodle ring is a casserole-type dish that is cooked in a round pan similar to a bundt pan or other ring shaped mold. When it is served, it is inverted onto a platter and removed from the pan. How fun is that!
So I decided to go through some of my old recipes (the recipes my mother gave me) and came up with a few good ones. Here is one that is really good. Give it a try!
Cheese Noodle Ring
- 1 C noodles
- 1 1/2 C Milk
- 1/2 t salt
- 3 T butter
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 t paprika
- 3 T flour
- 1/4 lb grated cheese (I like cheddar)
Boil the noodles until tender. Grease the mold and put in the cooked and drained noodles. Melt butter in a saucepan and blend in the flour. Slowly add the milk while stirring. Continue to stir until thickened. Add the seasonings and cheese. Cook until the cheese is completely melted. Remove from heat and pour 1/2 of the sauce into another pan. Reserve this for later. Add the beaten eggs and mix well. Pour over the noodles.
Place the mold in a pan containing hot water and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes. Unmold onto a large platter and pour the remaining cheese sauce of the ring noodle.