A Retro-Tastic ™ Food Celebration for July 4th!
It is impossible for us to separate our favorite holidays from the food dishes we crave when celebrating them. Who would dare host a Christmas dinner without a Butterball turkey and a can of mom’s favorite cranberry jelly? And consider the cries of disappointment if there wasn’t a no-bake pumpkin pie or multi-colored marshmallow yam casserole at the table when your family sat down to Thanksgiving dinner!
No, our families and friends deserve only the greatest foods at our holiday feasts.
This is why I always bring everyone’s favorite picnic side-dish: Pie Plate Salad (featuring popular Veg-All brand canned vegetables) to our neighborhood July 4th potlucks. The neighborhood party just would not be the same without it.
Those backyard grilled hamburgers and hot dogs always need a fresh and wonderful side dish to go with them so while everyone else shows up with the usual macaroni salad or cole slaw I never forget the Pie Plate Salad. Its a tradition that is sure to please.
You should see how much attention I get each year when we show up with this plate of bite-sized vegetables held in place with lemon Jello. All eyes are always on this colorful picnic side dish each and every time I bring it!
A great nation deserves a great picnic side dish so please give this one a try at your celebration and you will be as filled with as much pride as your guests are with patriotism.
This post is part of what we hope will become an annual celebration of America’s mind-blowing “Retro-Tastic TM ” culinary history. It has not always pretty folks but it’s ours and we think it should be celebrated right along with the rest of our nation’s heritage!
For every brownie and cherry pie in this country’s great culinary past there is something horrible made with gelatin and canned corn that probably should never have been dreamt up.
Unfortunately, (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) there was no Internet back during this sweet spot of American kitchen domesticity. These creative masterpieces were not preserved for our visual pleasure the way today’s creations are. Our mis
sion therefore is to give these dishes their due and present them as they would have been presented ‘back in the day’…if only food blogs had been around to popularize them.
Pie Plate Salad!
You can find the inspiration for this event (and other Regrettable Retro Food Recipes ) over at BuzzFeed or on the back of consumer packages everywhere. Please be sure to check out my co-conspirator and friend Trix at Tasty Trix for her effort at celebrating America’s forgotten culinary history as well!
Now who wants another slice of Pie Plate Salad?
This is what you will need:
- 1 package lemon Jello
- 1 can mixed vegetables
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1 cup "salad dressing"
- lettuce or parsley for garnish
This is how you make it:
- In a medium bowl dissolve one package lemon Jello in one cup of hot water. Stir until completely dissolved. When dissolved add 1/2 cup of cold water.
- Add one can of canned mixed vegetables, drained., and peas.
- Add mixture to a clean, cold 8 or 9 inch glass pie plate and refrigerate until firm. 4 hours to over night.
- When ready to serve, un-mold onto a flat plate and garnish with greenery and 'whipped dressing" or tartar sauce.
There will be plenty of this for your guests to take home!