Favorite holiday recipes are a part of many happy celebrations and the same is true for my family. At this time of year we plan family gatherings with a host of traditions, like sitting around the fireplace to open presents and feasting on delicious treats at family gatherings around the table.
One of my family’s favorite holiday recipes is a tangy side dish that goes with just about any main course. This year I served it with a pork loin roast, sauerkraut gravy and mashed potatoes. Last year, I served it with roast beef with horseradish sauce. I have also served it with ham and scalloped potatoes.
The recipe is called Cranberry-Orange Jello and has been a part of our holiday meals for 3 generations. It has an excellent flavor and a crunchy, satisfying texture. Plus, it can be made ahead of time and it is very colorful on the holiday table. Here’s the recipe. If you try it, let us know if you like it.
6 oz. cherry Jello
1 T. lemon juice
½ c. sugar
1 (9 oz.) jar cranberry-orange relish*
1 c. celery diced
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained – reserve the juice
½ c. chopped pecans
2 c. hot water
Mix the Jello with 2 cups of hot water. Stir until dissolved. Add the reserved juice from drained pineapple to a 1-cup measuring cup. Add cold water, if necessary to fill the cup. Add pineapple liquid to Jello mixture and stir. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Chill until firm, overnight, if possible.
* If you cannot find cranberry-orange relish, you may substitute ½ c. orange marmalade and ½ c. whole cranberry sauce.
What are your favorite holiday recipes? Let us know if you’re willing to share them with us, and maybe we can start some new traditions!
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