I don’t know if you are as trashy as I am, but I love watching Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on TLC.
Sure, there are ten million reasons not to watch it, but my inner armchair anthropologist can’t help but observe the Southern family in its natural habitat. I’m a Southern girl. I know families just like this. Heck, I’m friends with families like this. I’m not like this myself, but I get it, and I’m not very judgmental about it because I know that so much of it is influenced by where they live and their socio-economic status.
The episode that got to my amateur chef side is the episode where mama June is making the old family recipe of “Sketti.” Seriously, watch the clip. If you don’t, you’ll have no clue why this post is so amazing.
Her basic recipe for “Sketti” is that she makes spaghetti noodles and makes a sauce for them using equal parts Country Crock and ketchup.
I kid you not. She calls this an old family recipe.
Strange, but why not?
I decided to try the recipe and see if it is as gross as it seems that it would be.
Yeah, it totally was.
Oh, it was bad indeed. I started to toss it, but then I felt guilty. I’d be throwing away a legitimate food source that this family regularly eats.
Rather than toss it, I asked myself what I could do to make it taste better. Tomatoes and butter sound like the beginning of a vodka sauce to me! I even went the extra authentic step of using dried herbs that most lower socio-economic status homes would have on hand.
Jennifer’s Honey Boo Boo Vodka Sketti-stravaganza
equal parts butter and ketchup, melted
oregano to taste
garlic powder to taste
onion powder to taste
vodka (dunno how much)
basil to taste
I put the sauce over medium high heat until it boiled. I let it reduce by about 25% and then added water because it seemed really gross (lesson here, don’t let it reduce).
I threw in all the ingredients above and let it boil, whisking constantly until it smelled like the spices were incorporated, and then I removed it from the heat, whisking in the grated Parmesan.
Staying true to my Honey Boo Boo inspiration, I had to test to see if the noodles were ready. How do we do this, Alana? We throw it at the kitchen cabinet!
The finished product, poured over noodles with additional Parmesan cheese to garnish.
The verdict? The end product actually tasted sort of decent, like a very low price jar of grocery store sauce. You definitely wouldn’t know it was made with ketchup. It was certainly not delicious, but I think I could pass it off as a homemade sauce if I made it in a slow cooker and tweaked the spice amounts. No, I’m not kidding.
Will I make Sketti again? Nope. The mental block was too much for my husband, and I am the only one who ate it at dinner. He popped open a can of Prego. My Sketti sauce tasted better, but it was just the idea of it.
He’s so uppity.
Would you try Sketti?