Missouri was the Gateway to the West in the 19th century. The Santa Fe Trail took traders from the Missouri River southwest to New Mexico starting in 1821; miners and settlers used it to get to the gold fields of Colorado. Emigrants to Oregon Territory left from the same place and headed northwest along the Oregon Trail, many of them jumping off for the Mormon settlements of Utah and the Mother Lode of California. The Texas Road / Shawnee Trail led from St. Louis and other towns along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers south to Texas.
Every year in the early spring, hundreds of wagons would arrive, buy supplies for the trip, and set off in long trains so dear to the heart of western movies. Of course, some got only as far as the western border of the state, before their drivers decided that such beautiful land shouldn't be in their rear-view mirrors, so to speak.
So, in honor of all those wagons, here is a recipe for WHEEL-SPOKE CASSEROLE:
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Lightly brown 4 minute steaks. Cut into strips about 2-3 inches long and about 1/2 inch wide.
Mix the cooked rice with 1 packet of onion soup mix and 2 tablespoons of butter; put in a shallow 1-1/2 quart baking dish. Arrange the steak strips on the rice to resemble the spokes of a wagon wheel (and if you've never seen a wagon wheel, check out the graphic above).
Pour 1 (4 ounce) can of mushrooms and with its liquid over top of the casserole.
Bake in 325 ° F oven for about 30 minutes.(Recipe originally found in Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, Volume 1)