My late husband's family immigrated to this country from England in the early 1700s. His ancestor, Sir Robert Lawrence, was given a land grant from the Earl of Granville, located in central North Carolina, and there he stayed. The Lawrence family resides in what is now Granville County, NC. They raise tobacco, soybeans and lots of Baptist roofs.
Like many churches, potlucks were the social media of the day. Families would gather for "dinner on the grounds", bringing lots of favorite dishes to share. While he was alive, my late husband gifted me stacks of his mother's recipe cards. Goo Flops must have been a Lawrence family favorite. The card itself is yellowed and worn, with bent edges and stains. The words are written in spidery black ink, with loopy cursive.
The Rediscovered Recipe Box #3- Goo Flops!
2 onions, browned
2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons brown sug (sugar)
2 teaspoons vinegar (any kind apparently)
3 tablespoons lemon (juice)
3 " worches- sauce (Worcestershire sauce)
1 teaspoon mustard
1 cup tomato catsup
salt & pepper
Simmer 30 minutes
So, as you can see, the instructions are spare, at best. But it seems that the onions should be diced, and browned, the meat and water added and stir to combine. The water helps break up the clumps of meat, and make the final product more homogenous so don't eliminate this step. Also, once you get the ingredients in the pan and get it going, you can easily transfer the mixture to a slow cooker, as I am going to do today. Enjoy!!