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I am always requested to bring this dish to family functions and friends gatherings. It makes a great dessert alternative for those that don’t like chocolate or those who are allergic to nuts.
Preheat oven to 350F.
** Note, use all the butter for the pretzel crust … 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons**
Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar and melted butter.
Spray your 9X13 pan with a very light coating of non stick spray and press the pretzel mixture into the bottom making an even layer.
Bake for 10 minutes and 10 minutes only. (If you bake longer you won’t get the crust out of the pan). Set aside to cool completely.
In medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add the whipped topping, and mix until incorporated. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Cover crust completely with an even layer of the mixture.
Refrigerate until set, about 30-45 minutes or longer.
In medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water until the mix is dissolved. Mix in frozen strawberries, and stir until thawed. Pour the gelatin mix over cream cheese holding back the strawberries. Once the cooled liquid has been poured, place the strawberries around the dish and space out to your liking.
(I found that placing the berries after the liquid has been poured keeps pieces of the chilled cream cheese mixture from breaking loose when moving the strawberries and it makes for a cleaner gelatin presentation.)
Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least an hour.
The salad is absolutely perfect as a side for a nice, salty meat. It’s perfect for ham and divine for roast beef. (You really can’t go wrong!) My maternal grandfather was so taken with it the first year it was served that he took home all the leftovers.
Jello salads are a dying breed. I fondly remember this one that my grandma made for every holiday meal. It’s still a favorite. It’s always invited back whenever I take it to gatherings and pot-lucks. I know this recipe by heart since I’ve repeated it over and over upon request. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family has.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!