You know those April Fools’ Day prank recipes, the ones where you serve mashed potatoes in ice cream cones or put toothpaste in Oreos? Yeah, those are funny. But we found something better.
All of the recipes in this gallery are actual recipes from actual cookbooks, intended to be made and consumed for actual meals. Some of them are gross because tastes have changed, and some of them are gross because they are plain ol’ gross, no bones about it. Brace yourself for salad balls and sausage cake as you click through.
Sara Bir is Paste’s contributing food editor. If she can find beef or pork spleen, you can bet she’s stewing it up on April 1. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @Sausagetarian.