I don’t even think I need an intro for this one. I think the title really speaks for itself.


This is – Buttermilk. Aspic. Ring.

Yeah, we went there.

Buttermilk Aspic Ring
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 Tablespoons (2 envelopes) unflavored gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion (or ¼ teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1 cup finely-chopped celery
  1. Soften gelatin in cold water for 5 minutes. Add boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved; cool to room temperature.
  2. Combine buttermilk, salt, lemon juice, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, catsup and onion. Add gelatin and whisk well. Chill until consistency of an unbeaten egg white; fold in celery.Pour into a 1.5 quart ring mold (about 3½ cups) and chill until firm.
  3. Unmold on plate; line center with lettuce and fill with chive cottage cheese or any desired fish, meat or chicken salad.

Workbasket July 1965 Buttermilk Aspic Ring001

Workbasket July 1965001

This week’s recipe comes from Workbasket Magazine. If you didn’t know this already, vintage Workbaskets have a fantastic themed recipe section in each issue. Sometimes they will even have two of them, including a reader submitted recipes that can be made and sold for profit, like cakes, pies and jams. In any case, the main recipe section in this magazine was themed around luncheon dishes. Next to this buttermilk aspic recipe was a rather spectacular creamed chicken aspic.


If your wondering about the book behind the bowl, that’s my mad-science lab notebook for 2017, also known as Mid-Century Menu’s Kitchen Scrapbook. I normally have a book where I jot down all my notes and impressions and keep all my scraps and things together, but this year I decided to make it a bit more fancy. If you want to see more of it, I’m going to be showing sneak peeks of upcoming recipes on Instagram!


This was before adding the gelatin. It was already pretty thick!


Alex insisted that she help stir in the “Jell-O part”.


I really wish Tom would have been home when I was making this, so I could have gotten a video of pouring this into the mold. It was gloriously disgusting. Slurping sounds and everything. And the smell was horrific.


Cross section. So you can appreciate the added celery.

And my plate! I got this lovely for Christmas this year. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

“That looks horrible. It looks like it’s going to crawl off that plate.”

“Oh, don’t start being a baby now. Just taste it.”



“What. The. Heck. Are you telling me you like it?”

“I’d eat this. I don’t know what’s in it, but it’s not bad. It’s kinda zesty. And tastes a little like a cheeseburger.”

The Verdict: Zesty

From The Tasting Notes –

To my utter shock, this was not terrible. In fact, it might even be upgraded to “not bad” status. I thought for sure that the stupid ketchup would ruin everything like it always does, but it actually only ended up tasting mildly sweet when combined with the lemon juice and buttermilk. It tasted like a tangy/sweet aspic with a crunch from the celery. The Worcestershire sauce gave it a hamburger aftertaste, which was a little freaky, but not too horrible. Even the chive cottage cheese complimented the flavor. Now, if I were going to make this again, I would probably sub tomato juice for the ketchup, since that seemed a bit too…ketchup-y…for my tastes. A mild tomato flavor would have been better. But overall it was edible bordering on not bad.