Jellied Turkey-Vegetable Salad – A Mid-Century Gelatin Recipe Test

Posted on Nov 28 2012 - 6:43am by RetroRuth

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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13 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. veg-o-matic November 28, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Love the head-tilt!

    Yeah, wrap that sucker in a pie crust or some puff pastry and I might eat it. Naked pot pie? No thanks.

    • RetroRuth November 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      I know, right?

  2. Tasha November 28, 2012 at 11:34 am - Reply

    It really does look like someone needs to put a pastry sweater on that thing! I love his “this isn’t really quite so terrible but it’s not great either” face, too.

    • RetroRuth November 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Hee hee! “Pastry sweater”. I love it.

  3. Sean November 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I am stunned it actually turned out edible- or is Tom’s gelatin threshold just higher than the average person????

    • RetroRuth November 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      It actually didn’t taste bad! It really just tasted like the inside of a pot pie. I mean, it was cold, so that wasn’t that great, but it wasn’t gross. It wasn’t very “gelatin-y”, mostly just creamy.

      You know…I never actually thought about a “threshold” for gelatin tasting. Maybe we ARE getting used to it!

  4. The Homicidal Homemaker November 28, 2012 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    I love this! I might have to make this for an upcoming edition of The Homicidal Homemaker’s Chopping Block. I think I would serve mine with crackers…I’d love to see the look on everyone’s face when they try it!

    Keep up the excellent work!

    • RetroRuth November 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks!! Let me know if you decide to use it. I am sure it would mold well into all kinds of undead shapes. 🙂

      You have a great site, by the way!

      • The Homicidal Homemaker December 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

        Why thank you! I love yours, as well! Just began following you on Facebook. 🙂

  5. Kim November 29, 2012 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Wow that is amazing! When I go stumble upon a particularly odd gelatin recipe, I often wonder what those that have no photos would look like. Thanks to you and bigger thanks to Tom for your work!

  6. Roxy December 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    You know, I always wonder if his threshold for gelatin has gotten stronger than the average joe. 😛

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