Ever Heard of Aspic? This Crazy Food Trend Was a 20th Century Hit

Rabbit galantine aspic with vegetables. Photo by Odelinde/Depositphotos

If you’re under the age of 65 and you’ve never heard of the term “aspic,” that’s okay. This 20th-century food trend is truly one of the most bizarre popular things that people used to serve at their dinner tables.

Even if it wasn’t the most appetizing dish, it’s still interesting to take a look back at aspic, what it was, and how it was served on plates throughout the world until it gradually lost popularity. So, let’s learn about aspic!

What is aspic?

Aspic, at its essence, can be resumed in two words: savory gelatin. Back in the 20th century, with the advent of instant gelatins, it became popular to get creative with the invention and not only use it to make the fruit gelatins that we are all now familiar with.

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So, people began to use liquids like consomme and chicken stock as the liquid used as the base for the gelatin to obtain…interesting results.

What types of foods were served in aspic?

Many types of food were added into aspic bases, including pork, vegetables, and even seafood. At one point, it was actually quite popular to make a shrimp aspic that combined a little bit of citrus inside of the gelatin.

It even remains popular in some countries, such as Moldova and Romania, to eat a dish called “pork jelly,” which combines aspic with pork trotters to make a one-of-a-kind dish.

So, what do you think? Are you brave enough to try a dish with aspic in it?