Don’t know what to do with your turkey leftovers?? Well, the Mid-Century Menu is here to bail you out with our cardinal mid-century cooking rule:

When in doubt, add gelatin and pour it into a mold!

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Yeah, that’s right. It’s Jellied Turkey-Vegetable Salad.

This recipe was submitted by Sean during our gelatin contest. He submitted three, but I have to admit, this is the one that caught my eye.

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Lovely!

Sean writes:

Hello,

I ran across this gem in my 1975 Carefree Cooking with Aluminum Foil cookbook – This one gets extra Points because it includes a color photo – how its supposed to be appetizing I just can’t fathom – the peas and carrots in gelatin and bits of Turkey? Plus the last line of the recipe just blows me away: "…place frozen block of jellied mixture in the refrigerator" Yikes!

All the Best,
Sean

Turkey Veggie

Oh man! When the food is referred to as a “frozen block of jellied mixture” you KNOW this is going to be good.

Or bad.

Really, really bad.

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Not that these are bad ingredients. In fact, this probably looks like about half the leftover turkey casseroles at everyone’s house right now.

Oh, and a small side note: I halved this recipe. I mean, come on. I can only take one frozen block of jellied mixture at a time.

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Not that this ever got frozen. I just glopped it into the mold (my adorable clover mold!) and chucked it into the fridge. It was incredibly easy to make.

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And sort of amazing when it was un-molded. It looks like the inside of a casserole or a pot pie suspended in space. Zero gravity filling, thanks to the power of Jell-O.

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“I don’t even know why we do this anymore.”

“Because you like to try this stuff.”

“Do I? This looks horrible. ”

“Just eat it.”

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“Why would someone do this?”

“Is it that bad?”

“No. It tastes like the cold insides of a turkey pot pie. Why would you go through all this molding garbage when you could just make a pot pie?”

The Verdict: Not bad

From Tom’s Tasting Notes:

Like turkey pot pie without the crust or biscuits. And bland. Needs more seasoning, but not horrible.

Hope everyone had a great Turkey day and that your leftovers are not “frozen blocks of jellied mixture”!

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