Do you love or hate cranberries? Most people seem not to like them but this recipe will make you say, Wow, I love them. I make it anytime of year. I got this off the food network many years ago; made a few changes, and my family and friends love it. I've even used it as a dessert.
I tend to leave off the sauce because the salad is so good even without it. I have friends who leave out the ginger because they don't like the taste of it.
And, I set the timer for 50 minutes when I put it in the fridge so I don't forget to pull it out when it's soft-set.
1 (6-ounce) package raspberry gelatin (can substitute cranberry, orange or cherry-flavored gelatin. They are all good)
1 (16-ounce) can whole cranberry sauce (not the plain jelly-type)
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup red grapes
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (chopped)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 large apple, diced
1 can Mandarin oranges, drained, juice reserved
1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 tablespoons orange juice
Prepare gelatin with 2 cups boiling water. Dissolve completely. Add cranberry sauce and ginger. In the refrigerator let gelatin reach a soft set (about 1 hour). Fold in grapes, nuts, celery, apples, and liquid from oranges. Spray mold with vegetable spray to prevent sticking. Place drained oranges in bottom of mold. Pour gelatin mixture over oranges and refrigerate until firm. Un-mold after firmly set. Serve with sauce on side. A layer of cream cheese may be added on top of the oranges. Mini marshmallows mixed in are a treat for the kiddies.
I haven't done the mini-marshmallows or the layer of cream cheese; sounds too rich for me.