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17 Upsetting Recipes From The '70s That Will Kill Your Appetite

Not everything vintage is cool.

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As far as the decades go, the 1970s were far out. Disco, bell bottoms, The Brady Bunch. But some things are better left in the past, like these recipes from the 1971 Betty Crocker card catalogue. Here's a countdown of the least appetizing recipes we came across, from those that aren't so groovy to those that are grody to the max.

17. Glamorous Grapefruit

General Mills (1971)

The fruit salad cups themselves look great, but the sad, gloopy yogurt seems a little too pink. It does win a few Fergie points for being G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S tho. #flossyflossy

16. Fonduloha

General Mills (1971)

This so-called "American Classic" starts off with potential, with what looks like a tropical chicken salad. Could be a total win. But once the recipe calls for peanuts, bananas, and a pineapple boat, it's just too much.

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15. Round Steak 'N Ravioli

General Mills (1971)

Zucchini, mushroom spaghetti sauce, and canned ravioli. This is the kind of thing I imagine being put on the table in the '70s with the warning, "You'll eat it and you'll like it."

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10. Plantation Ham Pie

General Mills (1971)

The Parsley Pinwheels look OK, maybe a little undercooked, but the slop on the bottom is a no. Even less cool is the use of "plantation" to casually describe a casserole.

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2. Man-Pleasing Appetizers

General Mills (1971)

This dish is literally just chicken livers with a side of steaming beef broth. If you can stomach the actual recipe, the concept of "Man-Pleasing Appetizers" is still embarrassing for everyone involved.

1. Steamed Holiday Pudding

General Mills (1971)

The worst of the worst is this holiday "Gift From Your Kitchen". 'Tis the season for what looks like sawdust and topsoil mixed together and pressed into a Bundt pan. Also, the recipe calls for 2 cups of ground suet, or beef fat. I think this is where Rachel Green got her trifle recipe.