Ahoy Milwaukee mateys – and a happy Talk Like a Pirate Day to you scallywags! OnMilwaukee originally posted this recipe on Oct. 26, 2015, but in honor of the international holiday, we've brought it back. Only applicable links have been updated. Enjoy!
This weekend, I posted a story about the Captain’s Steak Joynt chains that were around Milwaukee – and other parts of the state – in the 1970s and ‘80s. Numerous people commented via Facebook that they remembered and loved the cheese fondue that was a staple at the Captain’s salad bar.
I asked Leslie Heinrichs, the archivist for the Marcus Corporation, who provided some of the information and all of the photos in my article, if she could dig up the original recipe.
Not even 10 minutes later, she emailed it to me.
"A long-time employee gave this to me a few years ago," Heinrichs wrote. "I believe the recipe was adjusted for home use. I made it and it was delicious."
Captain’s Steak Joynt Cheese Fondue Recipe
2 packages S&M Old Fashioned Pepper Gravy Mix (Pepperidge Farms)
1/2 ounce Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
2 pounds processed American cheese
Blend 8 ounces water and gravy mix in a sauce pan and set aside.
Using a double boiler, bring 26 ounces of water to 150 degrees. (Double boiler will ensure cheese does not scorch to the sides of the cookware). Add gravy mix and blend until smooth.
Add Worcestershire and Tabasco to water. Add more Tabasco if desired.
Add cheese to mixture in slices / pieces, small chunks and mix thoroughly entire time.
To make the Captain’s "chips" lay small pieces of French or sourdough bread topped with Parmesan cheese and garlic salt on a cookie sheet sprayed with liquid butter. Bake for 8 minutes at 400 degrees or until golden brown. Serve warm with fondue.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.