In food, as in life, trends come and go, then come back again. Certain foods, like fondue, rose to prominence in the 1960s before falling by the wayside, but later came back into vogue. While the resurgence of certain once-trendy foods is welcome, there are some retro delicacies we’d be happy to never see again.
Better Home & Gardens via owlsonthetable
Liver sausage exists (it’s usually called liverwurst), as do pineapples. Why a Better Homes and Gardens employee thought to sculpt a giant glob of liver sausage to look like a pineapple, the world will never know. Yes, to make this dish, someone mixed a whole lot of liver sausage with gelatin, formed it into a big tube, covered it with a lemony, mayonnaise-based… shell (?), then topped it with a pineapple top. To think of all the time it took to make this dish… that’s time that could have been much better spent.
The name of this dish reveals absolutely nothing about the finished product, except for the fact that it’s a loaf. So let’s slice it open and see what’s inside! Down through the cream cheese frosting (at least it’s not mayo) and into what looks like white bread, ham, and eggs. No thanks.
Back in the day, Jell-O spent many years trying very hard to get people to use their product in savory applications. Take this dish: It starts with a ring of lime Jell-O mixed with vinegar, onion, cottage cheese, and mayo, and is finished by filling in the ring with a “seafood salad” that contains no identifiable seafood. It appears as though the only cheeses readily available in 50s kitchens were of the cottage, cream, and American varieties.
The fact that this looks almost identical to the contents of a can of Fancy Feast says a lot about either the high quality of Fancy Feast or the poor quality of this dish. We’re assuming that this “salad” was intended for those who weren’t fans of mayo: just swap it with gelatin, it’s the '50s way!
This “salad” (seriously, did every cold dish in the '50s qualify as a salad?) is wrong on so many levels that we don’t even know to begin. In fact, we won’t.
It was a simpler time, when all you had to do in order to call something “tropical” was top it with pineapple slices and a Maraschino cherry. This is more of a meatloaf (the beef mixture also contains egg, milk, and bread crumbs), and it’s brushed with a pineapple-based cornstarch slurry while it’s broiling. We have a feeling that this was never served anywhere south of “very well done.”