Vintage Victuals: Ring Around the Tuna

Pro Tip: When promising an entire week Vintage Victuals posts, be sure to clear some space in your refrigerator. Or have more than one person to feed. I neglected to do this and had already set the water to boiling for today’s planned delight when I realized that there was no way it would fit in the fridge until I eat my way through all of the grapes and cherries (this has been a delicious cherry season) and finish (or sadly toss) the aging shepherd’s pie leftovers.

Today, you get something I wouldn’t make unless under significant duress. And I can’t imagine what sort of duress would require a lemon-lime-tuna gelatin mold.

I will take a moment here to point out that there is nothing odd about lemon and/or lime juice squeezed over tuna. It’s the SUGAR in the gelatin mix that makes this so very wrong. Back in the 1960s, Jell-O brand gelatin produced unsweetened salad flavors—Celery, Mixed Vegetable, Seasoned Tomato, Italian Salad—specifically for dishes like this. HOWEVER, this recipe, although printed in a 1962 book that includes salad-flavored recipes, does not suggest one of those.

Ring Around the Tuna
A beautiful jewel-like entree salad for your luncheon or buffet table.
1 pkg (3 oz.) Jell-O Lime or Lemon-Lime Gelatin
¼ tsp salt
1 cup boiling water
¾ cup cold water
2 Tbs vinegar
2 tsp grated onion
½ cup diced cucumber
½ cup diced celery*
2 Tbs chopped pimiento*
2 Tbs sliced stuffed olives
1 can (7 oz.) tuna, drained and flaked
Dissolve Jell-O Gelatin and salt in boiling water. Add cold water, vinegar, and onion. Chill until very thick. Stir in remaining ingredients, Pour into individual ring molds or a 1-quart ring mold. Chill until firm. Unmold on crisp salad greens. If desired, serve with additional tuna and top salads with mayonnaise. Makes 3⅔ cups, or about 4 entree servings.

*Or reduce celery to ¼ cup and substitute ½ cup chopped tomato for the pimiento.

As for that shepherd’s pie I mentioned earlier? No real recipe there, I made it up as I went along.
1 lb. ground turkey
½ bag frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 sachet of Trader Joe’s vegetable broth concentrate
1 cup chopped mushrooms stems (I’d used the caps for a previous dish)
dash or two of Worcestershire sauce
2 cups of mashed potatoes
Mix first 6 ingredients together and brown/crumble in a skillet. Put mixture into an oven-safe casserole, top with mashed potatoes, and pop it under the broiler until the mashers start to brown.

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Vintage Victuals: Ring Around the Tuna

  1. LisaLuxx

    Hiya Wink!! It’s been a while and I hope things are well. I am procrastinating on doing a class assignment by driving by your blog. ADHD at it’s finest! I working on grad school these days. So um…yeah…salads in jell-o molds. These molds reminds me of church potlucks that my granny used to take me to. I just could never stomach eating jello with weird stuff in it. I would just look down at my white pattent leather mary janes and ruffle socks and pretend I didn’t see it on the buffet table. There were plently of pieces of fried chicken to keep me occupied.

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