Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Aunt Maxie's Orange Jell-o Salad

My late Aunt Maxie served this to my family one hot summer day and it became an instant favorite. My mom made it all the time. Both of my sisters and I made this when we married and moved away. Now my daughteer's husband seems to like it as much as mine does, so Maxie's wonderful Jell-o salad is passing down to a new generation. This is a must for our holiday table. It looks nice in a pretty bowl, and it tastes even better than it looks. I've toted it to countless pot-luck dinners, and it has never failed to inspire compliments and requests for the recipe.


one large size box of orange or lime Jell-0
(I've tried others. Orange or lime really are better for this recipe.)
one 16 oz cube cream cheese
3 or 4 carrots, grated
one cup chopped pecans. or more
one large size can crushed pineapple, drained well
1 to 2 cups miniature marshmallows (plain, not colored ones)

What to do:

Dissolve jello in two cups boiling water. Add cream cheese that you have cut into chunks. Whisk till cream cheese melts. A few small remaining chunks are fine. Add the juice from the can of pineapple plus enough cold water to make two cups. Chill till syrupy.

Add pineapple, nuts and grated carrots. Stir. Then add however many marshmallows you want. Stir again. Chill until firm.

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