11.13.2008

Kyle + Jason = Two Old Ladies

Let me start off by saying that I hate Jell-O. I hate it with a passion. However, I do like a good gelatin salad every now and then. I decided to make "Pretzel Salad" tonight, although I wish this had a different name, I hate calling this a salad....it just doesn't seem right.

If you didn't grow up in the south or if you're under 80, then you might not have ever eaten this dish....let me tell you about it. Pretzel salad includes pretzels, strawberries, cream cheese, lots of sugar and butter. It all just comes together in a perfect way. Each bite is delicious!! I love the combination of salty and sweet. So does Jason, he had three helpings of this after dinner tonight.


Pretzel Salad:
2 cups coarsely crushed pretzels
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
1 small container whipped topping
1 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
1 (6 oz) box strawberry flavored gelatin -- the big box
1 (10 oz) box frozen strawberries -- if you buy frozen whole strawberries, then slice them

Directions:
1st Layer
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix the pretzels, melted butter, and 3 Tablespoons sugar in a bowl
3. Place mixture into a 9x13 pan and bake for 8 minutes
4. Let cool

2nd Layer
1. Mix 1 cup sugar, whipped topping, and cream cheese
2. Spread over cooled pretzel mixture

3rd Layer
1. Mix gelatin, strawberries and boiling water in a bowl
2. Let sit for 10 minutes
3. Pour over cream cheese mixture
4. Chill thoroughly before serving



4 comments:

Clan Hill said...

I have had this, or a version of it, and it is delicious. A pregnant woman's dream come true with the sweet and salty! The two old ladies title made me crack a smile.

Emily W. said...

My mom makes this, and I love it. I tried to make it once, and it was a disaster. Something happened where everything got mixed all together in the jello-setting process. It looked like a big pan of brains.

Kyle + Jason said...

Taylor -- I'm glad I could make you smile.

Emily -- I'll give you a private lesson sometime. This was my first time to make it, but it turned out great!

betsy said...

I love this salad but the one time I made it I only had the remnants of a bag of pretzels. I dumped the contents of the bag in the mixture and guess what - too salty doesn't even begin to describe the outcome. Hint - remove pretzels from bag, don't dump.