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October 27, 2010

Mid-Century Menu – Tomato Shrimp Salad

By RetroRuth

Okay, this is finally it.  I FINALLY made the last entry for the Worst Recipe Contest. Finally!  This entry is from ModernSuzie, who I hope is still reading this blog after it took me so long to post her entry.  But the long wait is over! We finally did it!!

Anyway, ModernSuzie writes:

I love your blog, Mid-Centruy Menu posts are my favourite (you and your hisband must have iron stomachs)! I’m not sure if these two will count but I’ll send them just in case anyway. Last Christmas, my grandparents retirement home put together a cookbook called “Recipes from the Past: 1920 to 1960,” and guess what I recieved as a gift? Many of the recipes are odd but these two have to be among the worst. Like I said, I don’t know if these will count as they’re not from an original retro cookbook, so, if they don’t, thats okay but definately read them (they sound inedible)!

Modern Suzie

Wow, thanks Modern Suzie! And with that ringing endorsement, let’s check out the recipes.

Okay, that’s disgusting.

I….ummm…wow.  I don’t know what to even say about this.  Maybe he got confused and started ordering lunch instead of finishing his recipe submission.

Of course, we decided to make the Tomato Shrimp Salad. Of course.

It is amazing how a crazy pile of ingredients starts to look normal after a year and a half of the Mid-Century Menu.  What do you mean a jug of vinegar and lemon jello don’t go together?  Are you crazy?  You can’t have lemon jello without a jug of vinegar.

At this point Tom and I started having a discussion about what exactly lemon jello is used for in the current cooking culture.  I mean, are there any GOOD recipes out there that use lemon jello?  I vaguely recall a cheesecake recipe that used it, but does anyone have something better? Cause I couldn’t think of anything.

This picture is disgusting for so many reasons.

I actually had to whisk this to get the tomato soup mixed in properly. I can’t think of anything more disgusting that little beads of unmixed tomato soup in your gelatin.

Actually, in this dish you probably wouldn’t even notice.

Yeah, cause every good jello needs onions and celery. Every. Single. One.

Oh man.  These shots never fail to make me disgusted. Bleh.

Mmmm…pure deliciousness.

Good Lord.

There it is. Shiny. Red. Extra long.  That’s about as far as I can go.  This is a family blog.

This photo serves no other purpose that to laugh at my ineptness.  Yes, I have bigger plates.  No, I did not use them.  Now the salad is a Slip ‘N Slide.

We decided crackers were a good delivery system for this one.  I mean, could anything make it worse at this point?   

The brave warrior stares his opponent in the eye.  He does not flinch. He does not turn away.

Oh my God!  A look of disgust!!!  It was quick and involuntary, but there it is!!!

Wow.  Good job Modern Suzie!!! One of the few to crack the iron mask!

The Verdict:  Gross. The gelatin was sweet and tomato-ey.  Tom was disgusted and so was I.  I took one bite and then set my unfinished cracker down.  Tom ate maybe four more, and then he called it quits too. While I was making it, I was vaugely reminded of a shrimp cocktail, so this recipe might be salvagable with added horseradish. Maybe.

Thanks Modern Suzie, and everyone who submitted recipes for the Worst Recipe Contest!

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11 Responses to Mid-Century Menu – Tomato Shrimp Salad

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    October 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Way to go, Modern Suzie! You brought out disgust in Tom! Ruth, I really was starting to wonder if we’d ever see that look on his face. Thanks to you fast photography skills, we did!

  2. Modern Suzie Reply

    October 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Yay! You got around to making it! It sounded gross, looks gross and judging by the picture is absolutely horrible.

  3. Annie B. Reply

    October 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

    This is hilariously obscene. Those poor canned shrimp!
    This has got to be the stunt double for “The Blob”.

    Good use for lemon jello??? Hmmmmmm, Dippity Doo???

  4. Sylkozakur Reply

    October 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

    My mom has a triple layer lemon pie that uses lemon jello, I think. My mom used to make the Miracle whip jello mold when I was a kid. Not as horrible as it sounds, but I didn’t know miracle whip was in it. I also never ate more than a few bites.

  5. Barbara Reply

    October 27, 2010 at 11:41 am

    My goodness…I don’t ever think I’ve seen Tom react – so it must be HORRIBLE.

  6. Ron Reply

    October 27, 2010 at 11:59 am

    This one didn’t immediately gross me out like many do. In my mind I think this could be salvaged. I had it in my head that the idea behind it was a molded shrimp cocktail. As such the lemon jello made since as I always squeeze a little lemon juice on my shrimp. I think the idea behind this is solid but the recipe needs some love. Now that being said, I would definitely need to put some cocktail or chilli sauce in the recipe as step one. Maybe as Ruth said horseradish would help.

    I might actually try the Waldorf salad mold. I really like Waldorf salad minus celery. Celery is the root of all evil in my world.

  7. Sara in AZ Reply

    October 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Wow!!! Who would have thought tomato soup, gelatin, shrimp and vegetables would be Tom’s downfall! 🙂

    I thought surely it would have been the tongue recipe from Eartha, but this must be just hideous. Maybe you should have mixed some tongue into it! 🙂

  8. Maggie Reply

    October 28, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Ohhhh, I think that long slimy pink thing just triggered some sort of repressed memory in me….

    (Instead of the plate you served it on, it should have been reclining on a big, limp lettuce leaf.)

  9. Jamie in Hollywood Reply

    October 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Well, though you were disgusted by it I was reminded of an aspic salad. That grossed me out as a child when my Mom would make it but my parents loved it. I will make this for myself. On second thought, the look on the “Mighty Warrior’s” face is enough for me. I take your word for it! I am impressed by your love of mid century culture to do all this for us. Thank you. I think I’ll leave the food to you and concentrate on the design of the era.

  10. Andrea Reply

    October 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I think that is the look of disgust of horror! I can’t say I blame Tom, though, there is just no way that those ingredients could combine to make anything vaguely edible!

  11. Michelle Reply

    November 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    This made me laugh! Reminded me of my husband’s first visit to my Dad’s family’s Christmas party. I told him to watch what I was putting on my plate in the buffet line, but he saw greenish jello and had to have it. 20 years later, he still talks about the horror of putting what should be a sweet treat in his mouth and finding it had onions and who knows what else and was not sweet at all. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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