DEPRESSION ERA PIGS IN A POTATO PATCH
Another depression dish with “looked like a lot” was this huge appetizing bowl of mashed potatoes with cooked wieners, cut in half, and stuck into the potatoes all over. Milk or cream gravy accompanied this satisfying meal. Wieners were 3 cents a pound and were all meat.
A similar meal served many many times called for half a ring of bologna cut up into tiny pieces which were added to the milk gravy. The other half of the bologna was saved for the next day. The clever cook who served this could afford bologna because they owned the grocery store. Country people only had it for a rare Sunday dinner.
Further use of a portion of a ring of bologna was made by resourceful cooks in adding it to scalloped, fried or creamed potatoes. Half the ring of bologna was used at dinner at noon. In the evening they had the other half, ground with stretchings, eggs, cereal, and whatever lent itself to sandwich spread for supper.