There are, however, in my vast collection of 1972-74 Retro WW recipes, a select few dishes that are so frightening--so utterly horrid--that even I would not attempt them.
I don't care if Jean Nidetch herself prepared these dishes and served them to me personally on a diamond-studded, gold-plated Pyrex platter. I would have to look Jean square in the eyes and say, "Thanks, but No Thanks!"
So, as a way to highlight these horrifying dietetic disasters, and for your gastro-entertainment, I bring you The Retro WW Experiment's new weekly feature: TBNT Thursday!
Our first featured TBNT recipe comes from the 1974 Weight Watchers Recipe Cards. And is entitled:
Aspic-Glazed Lamb Loaf
This simple, make-ahead recipe consists of 1 lb. cooked lamb that must be put through a grinder. Twice. Then the lamb is seasoned, formed into a loaf, and baked. Next, we must apply a syrupy, thin layer of gelatin over the entire thing. Chill. Then add another layer of gelatin. Chill again. Then (and I am not even joking about this) we are to repeat this step until the loaf is thickly coated in aspic. Stick some radishes, pimentos and pepper strips in there, and then spoon some more gelatin over that. Chill until the entire thing is one big solid gelatin/meat/vegetable formation, then slice and serve with a parsley garnish, of course.
Did anyone actually eat this? And if so...How did anyone eat this without throwing up? Uh, thanks, but no thanks.