Classic Recipes That Are Certain to Activate Your Gag Reflex
Most modern food creations are elegant. They balance flavor, texture and presentation in a neat, delicious package. But not all dishes are created equally.
Some recipes are so bad that they have the power to turn a stomach and test for a working gag reflex, all while making you question the nature of reality and the sanity of the general population. You may want to check out these awful, nauseating recipes and dishes on an empty stomach!
Hot Dog and Egg Heart
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It's hard to believe that this recipe wasn't created while under the influence of heavy medication or psychedelic drugs. After all, it's a jam made from crushed-up Pringles. If you're already feeling your throat constrict and your stomach heave, you're not alone.
Haggis is so awful that it's actually banned in the United States. Every American can quickly breathe a huge sigh of relief right now, because that’s not even the tip of the disgusting iceberg: There’s also spicy haggis. That's right, the shredded remains of sheep lungs, liver and heart can now be made even more unpleasant with mouth-burning sauces and spices.
Cranberry Jello Salad
Cranberry sauce is a common Thanksgiving side, and plenty of folks enjoy drinking cranberry juice or eating the tiny, sour berries on their own. But coarsely shredding them in a food processor and then levitating them in cranberry-flavored gelatin seems like overkill. Pairing the gory dessert with lettuce makes it so much worse.
Peanut Butter Pickle Popsicles
Peanut butter and pickles are an odd combination already, but blending them and freezing the sticky mix to make popsicles seems more like a culinary nightmare than a tasty treat. Strangely, this unique recipe is a recent abomination and went viral in no time.
Velveeta Peanut Butter Fudge
Peanut butter tastes great with a surprisingly large number of ingredients, from grape jelly to chicken. But at some point within the last few years, people began to experiment with peanut butter even further in astounding and often disgusting ways. Perhaps one of the most stomach-churning recipes to emerge from this is Velveeta peanut butter fudge."
Humanity has a strained relationship with peas. Some people absolutely love them, but plenty of others detest the sight, smell and taste of peas with every fiber of their being. Paula Deen tried her best to sway the pea-haters with her English peas recipe released over a decade ago.
Tuna and Waffles
Sure, chicken and waffles are delicious together. The combination of sweet and savory works perfectly, making for a unique pairing of flavors and textures. But tuna and waffles are a completely different ballgame. Combining fish and sweet pastry is a difficult thing to pull off, and this recipe fails at making the two things cohesive.
Deep-Fried Chicken-Stuffed Pizza Quesadilla
Sure, the United States has been the home of some of the most bizarre fast-food creations, but this at-home dish might trump them all. It’s made with several layers of deep-fried quesadillas and a top layer of melted mozzarella and toasted pepperoni slices.
Green Bean Casserole From Hell
When done right, green bean casserole can be delicious. Creamy, crunchy and savory, it's a common dish for family get-togethers and holiday parties. But there's also about a million variations of the famous dish, resulting in some truly nightmarish casserole creations.
Reuben sandwiches are filling, juicy and downright delicious. There's not much room for improvement! But someone decided that the best way to enjoy corned beef was to puree it and eat it as a soup. Unless someone has significant jaw, throat or dental issues, there's no reason why they would ever need to eat what is basically a beef smoothie.
Baked Seafood Rice Casserole
Casseroles are pretty hit or miss. Some are amazing, while others seem to be the product of evil minds. This recipe for a baked seafood rice casserole sounds somewhat tempting, especially if you're a fan of seafood, but the addition of cheddar cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella make this dish pretty heavy.
Jellied Chicken Salad
Except for some types of fruit — and Dwight Schrute's stapler — nothing should ever end up suspended in a gelatin prison. This includes, and is certainly not limited to, chicken. Also, since when did jellied chicken suddenly count as a salad? Is it the added tomato slices, cucumber and lettuce? Because those don't belong either.
Cakes, cookies, and pies are standard dessert options. Prune whip, on the other hand, is about as popular as a trip to the dentist. And for good reason. Prunes — the less tasty cousin of the well-loved raisin — can make you feel more, er, regular, which is why those with bowel issues tend to favor them. Using them to make a horrific doppelganger of Cool Whip is unfathomable.
Pasta is a versatile ingredient. There are many types of noodles and just as many ways to cook and serve them. But unless you're a massive fan of undercooked asparagus, don't try asparagus pasta. Not only does this recipe call for somewhat raw asparagus chunks and slightly overcooked pasta, but it also recommends covering it all with parmesan cheese.
Ham and Bananas Hollandaise
People have done many terrible things with bananas, but ham and bananas hollandaise might be the worst thing anyone has ever done to the potassium-filled fruit. The meal doesn't suffer from overcomplexity. Actually, it's quite straightforward.
Ketchup and Mustard Cake
This recipe is rather recent, which is a shame. While it can be easy to believe that the culinary arts are only improving, ketchup and mustard cake proves that humanity is still capable of taking some huge steps backward.
Mayonnaise and Banana Sandwich
People need to leave bananas and peanut butter alone. Unless, of course, they're combining them, because that's a delicious snack. But anyone interested in trying this mayonnaise and banana sandwich should be aware that it's a wet and spongy mess.
Macaroni and Cheese Shots
Some of the most viral recipes are also the worst. Take, for instance, macaroni and cheese shots. Sure, almost everyone loves some hot and cheesy macaroni, but putting some regular old mac n' cheese into a shot glass, adding a ridiculous amount of liquid cheese and then topping the concoction with canned, sprayable cheese product is taking it too far.
Plastic straws may be falling out of vogue, and new, environmentally friendly alternatives are on the rise, but bacon straws are not one of them. Sure, they have the word 'straw' in the title, and they're long and thin like drinking straws, but it's pretty much impossible to sip a beverage with one of these things.
Kitty Litter Cake
Novelty cakes can be a fun surprise. Unless, of course, you end up with a cake that closely resembles a cat's toilet. That's right. There is such a thing as a kitty litter cake. The 'sand' is made of crushed vanilla cookies or graham crackers, while twisted Tootsie Rolls play the part of — well, you can guess.
Twix Apple Salad
Once again, the world has been introduced to a salad that isn't entirely healthy and certainly not typical. Welcome to the Twix apple salad, which is almost literally what it sounds like — sans lettuce. Vanilla pudding, cool whip, chopped green apples, and chopped Twix combine to make this odd recipe.
Though this meaty dish only rose to national prominence within the last decade, it's actually been around since at least the 1980s. A Russian doll of meat, the turducken is a turkey that has been stuffed with a duck which has in turn been stuffed with a chicken.
Liver Sausage Pineapple
Do not adjust your monitor settings or your reading glasses, because you are reading this right. Liver sausage pineapple exists, and it may haunt your dreams for years to come. As the name suggests, this recipe contains one of the most universally detested ingredients: liver.
Cantaloupe With Crackers and Ice Cream
Melon makes a great addition to fruit salads, and cantaloupe in particular tastes great with watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and pretty much every other sweet and tasty fruit. It seems strange to take such a naturally delicious fruit and add crackers, raisins, and ice cream.
Steak and Bananas With Ketchup
There are people in this world who put ketchup on everything. These folks don't add a few squirts of their favorite condiment to meals — they go for a sea of red. That's fine. It's a free country, after all.
Jellied Bouillon With Frankfurters
Luckily, jellied foods aren't nearly as popular nowadays as they were about 50 years ago. Nonetheless, that doesn't stop misguidedly nostalgic cooks from revisiting some of the past's most disgusting recipes.
There are only a few things that can get away with being served as a loaf. Bread, beef, and cake are some excellent examples. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there's fish Loaf. Comprised of canned fish, eggs, sweet pickles, onions and celery, this dish would have been better off at the bottom of the sea than on a plate.
It's hard to ruin a cake, but using common condiments such as mustard, ketchup or mayonnaise are a great start. Unlike the ketchup and mustard cake mentioned previously, however, this bologna cake doesn't need to be baked, allowing you to gross out guests even more quickly. Yay?
This recipe had to be a prank. After all, this dessert looks identical to chocolate fudge, but it's not! At least, it's not entirely chocolate. Beef fudge is a combination of roast beef fat and trimmings, chocolate, milk, sugar, butter and a few other handy ingredients.