This Cranberry Jello Salad combines simmered cranberries, crisp apples, pears and buttery sweet pecans in a festive cherry jello mold. This gorgeous mold is perfect for your Thanksgiving holiday meals.
So Thanksgiving is just around the corner and with it comes all things cranberry. I remember when I was a kid and Mom would open that can of cranberry jello and flop it on a plate. Needless to say hardly anyone would partake of that gorgeous beauty. Well cranberry jello salads have come a long long way since then. This Cranberry Jello Salad combines slow simmered cranberries, crisp apples, fresh pears and buttery sweet pecans in a festive cherry jello mold.
How are cranberries grown.
Have you ever wondered how and where cranberries are grown? Fifty percent of the United States cranberry crop is grown in Massachusetts. The growing season is from April to November. They grow on low lying vines that grow in beds full of sand, gravel, peat and clay. These beds are commonly referred to as bogs or marshes. Needless to say I am glad that we have cranberries. They provide a unique flavor in so many recipes including baked goods and salads.
Are you entertaining this holiday season? If so, yeah for you! I absolutely love entertaining! I love everything about it from the planning, invitations, cooking, food styling to the final stage of hosting. This Cranberry Jello Mold will make an awesome addition to your holiday buffet table. It is so pretty and festive.
How to make Cranberry Jello Salad.
In saucepan simmer cranberries until they pop. Add jello and stir until dissolved. Stir in ice cubes and chill until slightly thickened. Stir in pecans, apples and pears. Pour in mold and refrigerate for at least six hours to overnight. Dip mold in hot water and invert to serving platter.
Are you hosting the Thanksgiving extravaganza? This beauty can be made a couple of days in advance and stored in the fridge until a few minutes before serving. You can even decorate around the edges with candied cranberries and bay leaves. Do NOT use holly leaves as they are poisonous!
Cranberries are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. Read up on it at Dr. Axe Cranberries: Benefits, Recipes and Nutrition Facts You need to put this beautiful delectable jello salad on your holiday list and enjoy the complements of your guests.
Other cranberry recipes you will love!
- Five Minute Festive Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa
- Turkey Cranberry Pinwheels
- Mini White Chocolate Cranberry Cheesecakes
- Cranberry Orange Bread
- Cranberry Margaritas
This post was originally published November 1, 2017 and was republished October 11, 2018 with new relevant information.Print
Cranberry Jello Salad
This Cranberry Jello Salad combines simmered cranberries, crisp apples, pears and buttery sweet pecans in a festive cherry jello mold.
- Prep Time: 35
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 45 plus chilling
- Yield: 10
- Category: Holiday Side Dish
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: American
- 1 bag (12 ounce) fresh cranberries (reserve a few for garnish)
- 3 boxes (3 ounce) cherry jello
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- 2 small crisp apples peeled cored and finely chopped (honey crisp are excellent in this)
- 2 small pears peeled finely cored and chopped (just barely ripe so they are still crisp
- In large saucepan combine water and cranberries. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes; stirring occasionally. The cranberries will burst.
- Remove from the heat and add jello; stir until dissolved. Stir in ice cubes. Chill for 30-45 minutes to slightly thicken but not set. Stir several times so it cools but does not begin to set on the sides.
- Stir in pecans, apples and pears. Pour in mold or bundt pan. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
- Dip mold in hot water for 10-20 seconds. Carefully invert onto final serving platter. If mold does not release dip in hot water for another 10 seconds.
- Garnish with cranberries and fresh bay leaves. Do NOT use holly leaves.
This recipe can be made up to three days in advance and stored in the mold covered. You can unmold it right before serving.
Keywords: APPLE, CHRISTMAS, CRANBERRY, JELLO, JELLO MOLD, PEAR, PECAN, SIDE, THANKSGIVING