Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Emergency Thanksgiving Holiday Jello Salad Post! Alert! Emergency!

I received an e mail from a lovely woman named Pat. She had read my previous post about Jello Salad recipes, and asked me to share a few with her. In particular, she's seeking a Waldorf type of Jello salad, and a cranberry salad recipe. I sent AdRi on a mission to sort through the recipe cards (you know I inherited hundreds of them, right?) and we've selected three that hopefully fit the bill for you Pat. So here goes...

Church Salad
Church Salad
(looks like this came from Florence)
Combine 2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Cook for 2 minutes. Then take potato masher and mash up berries. Add 1 pkg of any red colored gelatin to hot liquid, plus 1 envelope plain gelatin that has been dissolved in 1/3 cup cold water. Turn half of this into a glass baking dish, 7x11 and let stand until firm.

Mix 1 8 oz. package of room temperature cream cheese with 1/2 cup orange juice. Add to it 1 envelope plain gelatin that has first been dissolved in 1/3 cup cold water, then melted over hot water. (?: I'm just transcribing this as written people!) Add 1 cup of very well drained crushed pineapple.

When bottom layer of red cranberry mixture is firm, add the cheese pineapple layer. When cheese pineapple layer is firm, use remaining red cranberry mixture to spread over top. Serve on lettuce, cut in squares.

Delightful Cranberry Mold
Delightful Cranberry Mold
Recipe from the kitchen of Bunny Spring
1 can 8.5 oz crushed pineapple (drain)
2 cups liquid - juice and water
2 3 oz pkg. raspberry or cherry jello
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (mash)
2 Tbsp salad dressing (blend in cheese)
1 cup cream (whipped) or a 2 oz. pkg topping mix
1 lb can whole cranberry sauce
1/2 tsp KK raspberry flavoring (I believe KK stands for Kitchen Klatter brand)
1/2 cup nuts (chopped)
1/2 cup apples, diced
Heat liquid and dissolve gelatin. Coo. Beat cheese mixture and salad dressing, add to gelatin. Fold in remaining ingredients, pour into mold. Chill, unmold and top with salad dressing or with flavored cream cheese.

Christmas Salad
Christmas Salad
2 cups raw cranberries
1.5 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 package cherry jello
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1 tart apple, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Add water to cranberries and simmer 10 minutes. Add sugar. Stir and add gelatin. Remove from stove and partially cool. Add drained, crushed pineapple, a little of the pineapple juice, chopped apple and nuts. Pour into molds and chill. Yields 8 to 10 servings of tasty salad that will add color to your Christmas table.

That was a lot of gelatin people. Phew!


Pat said...

Thank you! I think the last one will be the one I make.
It is so wonderful that you have your grandmothers recipes.
Happy Thanksgiving!

A Lewis said...

Would this be an appropriate place to tell you that my mother was always trying out some new recipe on us....and one of them was to put a layer of pretzels or potato chips on the bottom of the dish and then the jello on top of that.. Made for a crunch, sweet jello. I wouldn't recommend it.

LeLo said...

You are welcome Pat.Happy Thanksgiving to you!

A Lewis: that sounds absolutely disgusting. Didn't they get soggy?!

Tricia said...

I, myself, have had a jello salad with pretzels in it...and I think mayo... And I lived.

Anonymous said...

There must have been a sale in NE Kansas on those recipe cards with the black cookstove - most of my mom's recipes are written on those! That and Kitchen Klatter in one post. Yikes.

Anonymous said...

I love those handwritten recipe cards. I have many of grandmothers and my fathers. They are so special to me especially the ones that are stained and tattered because you know they were a favorite.