Classic Cranberry Mold

Classic Cranberry Mold
This recipe was given to me by a friend and it has been in her family forever. It is a popular recipe found all over the web. Tangy and fruity, this gelatin mold is not only easy to prepare but pretty, too
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Recipe type: salad, sidedish
Ingredients
  • 2 packages ( each) raspberry gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 can () whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 can () unsweetened crushed pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
Directions
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cranberry sauce and lemon juice until blended. Chill until partially set.
  2. Stir in pineapple and celery. Pour into a 6-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold onto a serving platter.
Notes
Use sugar-free jello if desired.

 

Coke-Cola Cherry Pineapple Jello Salad

Coke-Cola Cherry Pineapple Jello Salad
This is the Old Fashion & Amazing Coca-Cola Salad. The cherries and cola flavor put this salad over the top. While the added sparkle (air bubbles) that the coke will add to this salad will make it even more of a standout.
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 (20 Oz) can of crushed pineapple, drained, but juices reserved
  • 1 (14.5 Oz) can of sweet Bing cherries or dark sweet cherries, drained, but syrup reserved
  • 2 (3 Oz) or 1 (6 Oz) package(s) cherry flavored Jell-O
  • 1 can of Coca-Cola (or diet Coca-Cola) chilled
  • Topping
  • 1 (8 Oz) package of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 cups of thawed Cool Whip or whipped cream
Directions
  1. Drain the cherry syrup and pineapple juices into a saucepan. Set the fruit aside in the refrigerator to chill. Bring fruit juices to a boil, remove from heat and mix in the Jell-O powder until fully dissolved. Put in a 4 cup measuring cup and stir in cola to make 4 cups of liquid about a can of cola. You will need 4 cups of gelatin liquid so you may need to add additional liquid. You can use more coke or else fruit juice or even water to make up the difference. Place the gelatin mixture in a mold and stir in the pineapple, cherries, Allow to fully set for at least 3 to 5 hours or longer - do not stir!
  2. For the topping, cream together the cream cheese and sugar; stir in the Cool Whip or whipped cream, until well combined. Use as a topping for salad.
  3. To serve top with a small dollop of the cream cheese topping.
Notes
You must use sweet cherries for this recipe.
Chill the fruit cans in advance if you have time - it will help the gelatin to set.
Do not use fresh pineapple as the enzymes in the fresh pineapple will prevent the gelatin from setting. In Canned pineapple the enzymes will have been removed.

To increase this salad, just keep the ratio of 4 cups of liquid for every large package of Jell-O you use, or 2 cups per small Jell-O package.

To lower the calorie fruit in unsweetened juice, diet cola, low fat cream cheese, Light Cool Whip and sugar substitute can be used.

 

Hidden Pear Salad

A friend asked me to post this recipe as she found it Delicious and a wonderful accompaniment to a holiday meal.

Hidden Pear Salad
This simple colorful, light, and fluffy salad is as pretty as it is flavorful
Ingredients
  • 1 can (16 ounces) pears, liquid drained and reserved
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime jello
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice or lime juice
  • 1 8-oz. container of COOL WHIP
Directions
  1. In a saucepan, bring pear liquid to a boil. Stir in jello until dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool at room temperature until syrupy. Meanwhile, puree pears in a blender.
  2. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and lemon juice until fluffy and smooth. Add pureed pears and mix well. Fold Cool Whip into pear mixture. Then fold in cooled gelatin.
  3. Pour into a 4-1/2-cup mold that has been coated with cooking spray. Chill overnight. Just before serving, unmold salad onto a lettuce-lined platter.
Notes
if you double the recipe it will all (except for a cup) fit into a Tupperware mold. Unmold by dipping the green part of the mold into warm/hot water for 1 or 2 minutes. Invert onto serving plate and slowly remove the center part of the mold.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 139 Fat: 5 g Carbohydrates: 22 g Sodium: 60 mg Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 12 mg

 

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