Pineapple Cream Cheese Jello Salad
See Recipe Below
This fall has been very different from the ones I am used to. Not only was I even busier than normal but the weather was far to warm for me to consider baking or cooking. Sadly as the weather began to cool off in early November our area was experiencing wildfire after wildfire. This meant my serious baking and cooking hiatus continued. A little bit of rain last week not only made the air more breathable but put me in the right mood to bring out my cookbook.
The dessert below only involves a little bit of cooking but is a favorite recipe enjoyed at some of our special family gatherings from Thanksgiving to the 4th of July. When this dessert is made it is with the knowledge that we need to make enough to feed a small hoard since it disappears quickly. Since the amount is more important than decoration our version of this yummy dessert has a tendency of looking a little plain. If made using a decorative fruit mold, this dish can be that special dessert to showcase at a church picnic!
This is a special dish that my paternal grandmother would make when she visited. Most years we only saw my paternal grandparents about three or four times during holidays or other special occasions. So this is a dessert that we all looked forward to at every visit.
When my grandmother passed away my biggest regret was that I did not inherit her cookbook. I am thankful though that about ten years before she passed that I asked for several of her special recipes like this one. My dad said that my request brought tears of joy to her eyes as she is not my biological grandmother but that I accepted her as such.
Any words (and photos) that I share can not properly express how yummy this dish is. As a child I was a very picky eater. Two things generally deterred me from trying lots of foods: appearance and texture. If I could get past the appearance of a dish generally the texture would put me off. My one exception to the odd appearance and texture rule was my grandmother’s pineapple salad. Once I tasted it I could never get enough. It certainly didn’t hurt that one of my favorite fruits has always been pineapple.
In this post I have included two versions of this recipe. I have the original as my grandmother made it (as taken from her hand written note card) and an adaptation that I make. My adaptation came around as I had to deal with several challenges from time and space to make the dish to dealing with how the ingredients were packaged at my store. In both recipes we opt to use lemon jello but lime jello or a combination of lemon and lime can be used. I hope my pictures of this dish do not discourage you and that you enjoy this recipe as much as our family has!
Pinaepple Cream Cheese Jello Salad
1 can (16 to 20 ounces) of Crushed Pineapple
1 cup sugar
2 (3oz) pkgs. Lemon jello
1 ½ cups of hot tap water
1 ½ packages of cream cheese (about 12 ounces) softened
1 (10ounce) container of true whip (made without highfructose corn syrup)
- Over mediume heat, in a saucepan, heat the crushed pineapple and sugar for about 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
- Mix together the jello and hot water. Stir thuroughly until the jello has disolved.
- Cube the cream cheese and add to the the jello & water. Using a hand mixer, thruoughly mix until the cream cheese is broken into very small pieces or is creamed.
- Add cool whip into the jello mixture one spoonful at a time.
- Fold in the pineapple mixture.
- Use a 8×12 inch pan to set the mixture in. Refrigerate until set.
Grandmam’s Pineapple Cream Cheese Salad
1 #2 can (16 oz) Crushed Pineapple
1 cup sugar
2 pkgs lemon (or lime) jello
2 cups hot water
2 small pkgs of cream cheese
1 pt whipping cream or 1 large container of Cool Whip
1. Heat together crushed pineapple & sugar for 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
2. Mix together jello and hot water. Stir thoroughly. Let cool but do not chill.
3. Using cooled jello cream your cream cheese. Do this slowly.
4. Add cool whip spoonful at a time.
5. Now fold in your pineapple.
6. Chill to set. Serve Cold
If you aspire to create a fancy jello salad check out the picture and recipe found on this page: Fruit Salad. The jello salad on the shared link is prepared with a jello mold and reminds me of the salads that used to grace some of the fronts of my grandmother’s cookbooks and food related magazines.