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Cranberry Congealed Salad

Yield Makes 12 servings
Serve this cranberry congealed salad at holiday gatherings for a festive and colorful side dish.  Got leftovers?  Spoon into parfait glasses with a mixture of cream cheese and whipped topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 (3-ounce) packages raspberry-flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 celery ribs, diced (1 cup)
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans,toasted
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Pickled peaches
  • Fresh mint sprigs
  • Garnish: chopped pecans, toasted

How to Make It

  1. Process cranberries in a food processor 30 seconds or until coarsely chopped, stopping once to scrape down sides.

  2. Stir together cranberries and sugar in a bowl; set aside.

  3. Stir together gelatin and 2 cups boiling water in a large bowl 2 minutes or until gelatin dissolves. Add juice, and chill 30 minutes or until consistency of unbeaten egg whites.

  4. Stir in cranberry mixture, pineapple, celery, and pecans. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 10-cup Bundt pan; cover and chill 8 hours or until firm.

  5. Unmold onto a lettuce-lined platter. Fill center of ring with pickled peaches and fresh mint sprigs. Garnish, if desired.

  6. Frosted Cranberry Congealed Salad Parfaits: Beat 8 ounces softened cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Fold in 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed. Layer parfait glasses evenly with leftover salad and cream cheese mixture.

Cook's Notes

For a special presentation, Recipe Development Director Mary Allen Perry chills the salad in individual teacups. "This works particularly well for holiday luncheons," she says.