It’s Lundi Gras, and in the spirit of Mardi Gras festivities I offer you the worst recipe I’ve ever encountered in print. See, I collect community cookbooks, and these lil’ gems are often loaded with recipes of questionable quality. For every amazing gumbo or interesting yeast bread, the reader usually has to wade through a sea of duds.
Tucked inside “Sallie Moore’s Collection of Recipes”, published by the good United Methodist Women of Franklin, LA, I found IT. Yes, the worst recipe ever. The recipe, handwritten on the “Salads” section intro page, is intended to pay tribute to the eponymous Ms. Sallie, a pillar of the Franklin Methodist Women. (I’m sure she was a lovely person, despite the recipes; I certainly mean no disrespect to her sainted memory, or to the Christian endeavors of the aforementioned women.)
“Congealed Cabbage–Pkg lemon gelatin. 1 teaspoon salt, dash of pepper, pt. hot water, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon grated onion, 1 1/2 cup shredded cabbage, 1/3 cup diced pickles, 1/2 tablespoon pimentos. Combine gel[atin], cabbage, salt, vinegar, and hot water. Chill slightly [to] thicken. Add remaining ingredients. Makes 12 servings.”
There you have it, friends. The worst recipe ever. A jiggly amalgamation of lemon jello, cabbage, pickles, grated onion, with a colorful jolt of pimentos. Aspic’s forgotten, ugly cousin. You just try and top this one…..