There are many types of risk takers. One type of danger seeker may jump out of an airplane or repelled off rocks. Both of these activities J has done and enjoyed before we met. I have seen the sky-diving video though. Some like to do a little gambling, cards, slot machines, dog racing, etc. We did learn that old wives tales about how to pick a winning race dog, are pretty much old wives tales.
Other types of risk takers try a new recipe and take it to a family Thanksgiving dinner. That would be me! I am getting better at reading a recipe and predicting what I think it will turn out like. I found this jell-o salad recipe in an old cookbook Mom didn’t want anymore. This is listed as a salad recipe, but in my humble opinion, it makes a pretty good dessert. I will let you decide for yourselves.
As usual I had to make a few modifications. I didn’t want to, but living on the prairie 30 miles away from the nearest grocery store makes one flexible. The original recipe calls for lemon gelatin. I didn’t have lemon. I did have 2 boxes of lime. I like to use what I have on hand. Frugal describes me well!
The original topping calls for pineapple juice; I had pineapple juice in the fridge. I knew it had been there a little while and was sure that it was still in good shape. After pouring a few drops of black liquid out of the pineapple juice can I knew pineapple juice was not an option. Good thing orange juice is complementary to pineapple and bananas.
1 large box Lime Gelatin
2 C boiling Water
2 C small Marshmallows
2 C Seven-Up Soda
1-20 oz can Crushed Pineapple – I did not drain the pineapple
2 large Bananas, sliced
Disolve gelatin in boiling water.
Add marshamallows and stir well. I stirred until the marshmallows were almost disolved.
Add seven-up, pineapple and bananas.
Pour in to a 9 X 13 inch pan and chill until set.
1/2 C Sugar
3 T Flour
1 C. Orange Juice
1-8 oz. container of Cool Whip
Walnuts – Optional
Mix eggs, sugar, flour and juice and cook until thick.
Fold in whipped topping.
Spread topping over jello salad.
Sprinkle with nuts.
The salad was a hit! My next issue, how am I going to take an attractive picture of jell-o? I tried to cut the salad into nice squares to dish up at dinner. It’s jell-o neat pretty squares are not going to happen. Then it hit me, freeze it for the pictures. Genius!
Next time I make this recipe I am going to freeze it and let it sit out 15-20 minutes, cut and serve. It will be much more eye-catching and easier to dish up.
Salad or dessert? I don’t know, but it sure is delicious!