When I was growing up, my gramma would make her cranberry jello salad every year for Thanksgiving (and often for other holidays as well). And I have to admit, as a child, it wasn’t one of my favorites. I much preferred that stuff from the can. I know, I know…cranberry sauce from a can?! I blame my under-developed and immature palate.
Gramma Nadine’s cranberry jello salad uses….you guessed it: cranberry jello. I never knew that cranberry jello existed until about 2 weeks ago when I was talking to Gramma about the recipe. She’d been to nearly every grocery store in town and was unable to find any cranberry jello. A few days later, I happened to be at our local WalMart, and what to my wondering eye should behold! Cranberry jello! So I dumped about 20 boxes into my cart (& texted a pic to GMa), then mailed them off to Gramma, saving a few for myself.
I totally messed up on my first attempted at cranberry jello salad. It was all user error though…I didn’t read the directions properly. Never attempt new recipes late at night. But I tried again the next day (after a desperate phone call to GMa and another trip to WalMart since I’d sent all the extra jello off to her) and it turned out fabulously! It was the perfect addition to our Thanksgiving meal. And I froze some extra to pull out when the craving hits. Because it surely will.
Note: I didn’t use marshmallows when I made the salad because I’m not huge on them. But GMa swears by them. My palate may still be developing…
Gramma Nadine’s Cranberry Jello Salad
1 cup boiling water
2 (3 oz.) pkg cranberry jello
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup pineapple juice
1 (12 oz.) pkg cranberries
1 tart apple
1 (15 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup grapes, sliced
1 cup mini marshmallows
Dissolve jello and sugar in boiling water. Add pineapple juice. Chill until partially set.
While jello is chilling, puree apple and orange in food processor. Combine with pineapple, walnuts, grapes and marshmallows. Fold into partially set jello. Pour into mold and chill until set.
Freezes well (leave out grapes if freezing).