Think back to your first Jell-O salad. A bright green, gelatinous mold, studded with neon orange mandarines and a dusting of shredded coconut sits shaking in the center of the table. You stared, slightly concerned, but everyone around you seemed excited to dig in anyway.
You know the traditions, and quite frankly, come this time of year, aren’t you glad some of the classic holiday dishes have died?
While many of us have moved on from gelatinous orbs and aspics to more wholesome and local items, these vintage dishes somehow stick with us–a memory of holidays past. In honor of all that we hope not to see on the table over the holidays, here is a round-up of quintessential vintage foods (and ingredients) that we are more than happy to live without this time of the year. Or any time of the year for that matter.
1. Jell-O Salad
Nothing says happy holidays like a multi-tiered neon construction of gelatin. Yum. Note to anyone hosting: Jell-Osalad does not help plan a party.
2. Tropical Hams
While the sweet and savory combination pleases many, and is the base for numerous delicious recipes, there’s just something weird about the addition of pineapple and a maraschino cherry on top of ham.
3. Fruit Desserts with Miracle Whip
Why anyone ever opted for anything other than regular whipped cream is beyond me. And no, you don’t want canned peaches with that.
Nope, nobody goes back for seconds on a round ring of meat stock or consommé in a gelatin ring.
5. Molded Cranberry Salad (and anything else involving gelatin)
Wouldn’t some fresh cranberries be much simpler?
6. Cheese and Sausage Appetizers
It’s like someone tried to do a nice European fondue, but it all just went horribly wrong.
7. Coleslaw… Served in Cabbage
While a nice bit of raw cabbage can be good for any holiday meal, and using an edible serving devise is certainly an eco-friendly option, a coleslaw in a cabbage is quite simply just a little off-putting.
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