Jellied Beef Consomme

Well, some of you have vanished already. The classic refreshment of the 30s just isn’t your thing. Others read on trying to figure out just what it is…it is basically beef Jell-o.

But before you run off…reconsider. It is elegant, salty, smooth, cool and refreshing, all at the same time.

Jellied Beef Consomme

4 cups beef broth
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin

Combine first five ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes. Strain mixture, discarding vegetables and return to saucepan.

In small bowl combine sherry and water; sprinkle gelatin over top to soften gelatin. Add gelatin mixture to broth. Heat and stir until gelatin dissolves. Pour into a large bowl. Chill until set. Break with fork and serve in small dishes or elegant glassware. Garnish with a bit of parsley or savory whipped cream or sour cream.


  1. I can’t believe you actually found this recipe. My grandmother used to make this all the time & once they tricked me into eating it by telling me it was butterscotch pudding.

  2. Butterscotch pudding? Did she not clarify the broth first? Giggle. I actually have quite a few recipes for it.

    Now if I could just find that Hot Diggity dog recipe that was requested…with the mustard in the dough, life in the lost recipes of the past would be good.

  3. Well, I was just a little kid 🙁

  4. Very cute.

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