9 Vintage Thanksgiving Side Dishes We Shouldn’t Bring Back

On the menus of Thanksgiving feasts of the past are some items that were once considered traditional, yet are almost gone today. Honestly, I dropped cranberry sauce completely for a few years until I discovered a recipe that uses pineapple and walnuts. You should serve what people like. The unfortunate recipes that have disappeared from Thanksgiving include creamed onions, winter corn, and various mid-century Jell-O based recipes, like Jellied Turkey-Vegetable Salad.

There’s only one way to improve a dish as alluring as Jellied Turkey-Vegetable Salad, and that’s to stick it in the freezer. From the sound of the recipe—which combines cream of celery soup, salad dressing, diced turkey, vegetables, and gelatin—this is basically the inside of a turkey pot pie if it was served frozen. And also if it was square.

That recipe is here if you want to try it, or just read about it. The list of regrettable Thanksgiving side dishes is at Mental Floss.

(Unrelated image credit: Ms Jones)


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