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For Fun: Favorite bad versions of dishes?

Just wondering if anyone else loves a dish or food that is typically regarded as bad...if so, share!

Mine is definitely Kraft Mac & Cheese. I love it just as much as gourmet mac & cheeses even though I know it's NOT mac & cheese...I can't help it!

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  1. Spanish Rice-a-Roni (made with a can of chopped tomatoes with jalapeƱos) doused with Cholula. Always served with grilled Cajun spiced chicken thighs and whatever green veg is viable...

    1. I'm almost afraid to say this, but in hopes that this is a nonjudgmental thread: Hamburger Helper beef stroganoff. I don't like real B. Stroganoff, but the H-squared version appeals to me.

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      1. re: MrsBridges

        It's actually my favourite of all the HH options. My late husband liked it too.

        1. re: MrsBridges

          this is on my list of "never had" items that are common place

          I made my own once because my hubby was nostalgic for HH Beef stroganoff... he said it just wasn't the same

        2. Jello with fruit cocktail and mini marshmallows. (hangs head in shame)

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          1. re: kitchengardengal

            I also love jello salads. Fruit and jello in really crazy retro molds. I'm not brave enough to make the craziest of the retro recipes, but I do love a nice jello salad!

            1. re: kitchengardengal

              Marshmallows???? You freak! Kidding. Make my salad green. Sugar free green jello with pineapple chunks.

              1. re: kitchengardengal

                favorite of my childhood...especially liked how those canned grapes got plumped in the jello...when I was in my early 20's Mom made a special visit to newly-moved-out me who was recovering from the flu. She brought me prepared jello.

                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  I have two jello faves: The first one my aunt used to make all the time and it consisted of lemon jello, crushed pineapple, vanilla ice cream in a graham cracker crust. I still love that pie! The second was a dessert my mom's cousin used to make and she would never give the recipe. If I remember correctly it was orange jello with mandarin oranges and some sort of crust in a 13x9 pan. To this day, I could still eat both of those desserts.

                2. Tuna noodle casserole. Not any healthy versions but the canned cream of mushroom soup version. Old school style.

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                    1. re: suzigirl

                      Cream of mushroom soup is the ONLY way to prepare tuna noodle casserole LOL

                      1. re: suzigirl

                        Remember the tuna casserole with crushed potato chips in place of noodles? In hindsight, I bet that our love for it was because the chips & Campbell's COMS made it so salty.

                        1. re: WNYamateur

                          Potato chips were the topping sometimes. That was when it was best. Grandma did breadcrumbs or potato chips. Mom made it without baking. Mom's wasn't as good.

                        2. re: suzigirl

                          I adore canned tuna so I've always wanted to try to make tuna casserole, but I think I'm afraid of falling in love with it!

                        3. Totinos Pizza rolls
                          Top Ramen - ramen noodle bricks

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