Jellopalooza II: Savory Jello Strikes Back
Having not made a ton of progress on my quest to make every recipe in The New Joys of Jell-O, I decided I needed to have another all-jello luncheon. I was pleased to have 5 returning guests from the last party, plus 4 jellopalooza virgins. I decided to make more jello shots this time, in hopes that it would make the savory jello dishes go down easier. Unfortunately, none of my guests were big drinkers that day, at least not in jello form, so there were more low ratings on the savory dishes.
Here’s the menu and the overall scores. Reviews of the individual dishes will be covered in separate blog posts. Guests were asked to rate each dish on a scale of 1 – 5, with 1 being disgusting and 5 being delicious.
French Tickler (4.3)
Midnight Affair (4)
Sour Apple (3.1)
Long Island Iced Tea (2.6)
Banana Nut Ring with Ginger Topping (4.3)
Strawberries Romanoff (3.9)
Key Lime Pie (3.7)
Under the Sea Pear Salad (2.6)
Spanish Tuna Salad (1.9)
Molded Ham and Egg Salad (1.5)
Jellied Fresh Vegetable Salad (1.4)
Just like last time, everyone was still hungry after trying the jello dishes, so we ordered pizza. I think if I do this again, I’ll have to break the all-jello rule and serve sandwiches or something else to go with the jello. There’s just a limit to how much jello a person can consume, and you need something to balance the sweetness, preferably something that doesn’t jiggle.
I have to say that I find the overall view of my all-jello buffet to be just enchanting. I love all the colorful food and the crazy molds. Unfortunately, eating it isn’t as much fun as looking at it.
Preparation was pretty uneventful this time. Nothing was as gross to make as the Salmon Dill Mousse had been the first time around. The Molded Ham and Egg Salad was definitely the most talked about dish in terms of grossness to behold. Most felt the taste wasnt as bad as they’d feared. I don’t know how people felt about this in the 70s, but people today just dont want to eat meat, fish and vegetables encased in gelatin. I doubt that any of the savory recipes in this book will ever score higher than a 2. If you are reading this and you were an adult in the 70s who attended parties where savory jellos were served, please leave a comment explaining how you felt about it at the time.
My guests got a kick out of perusing my vintage jello cookbooks and the always jaw-dropping book That Amazing Ingredient: Mayonnaise! My friend Ron noticed this photo of a swanky 70s all-jello party in The New Joys of Jell-O, and we all admired the color block dress. He suggested I should have all the guests dress 70s for the next soiree. I agree it would be fun, but I feel I am lucky enough that my friends are willing to show up and eat Molded Ham and Egg Salad for the sake of my blog – I’m not going to insist they wear bell-bottoms and afro wigs whilst doing it.
My dog Edgar probably ate the most of all of us. He even got tricked into eating vegetables, which he normally hates, since they were hidden in the Jellied Fresh Vegetable Mold.
Look for upcoming entries on each dish and jello shot. And here’s all the pics from the party. My thanks to my brave guests!