Favorite Thanksgiving Gelatin Cream Cheese Mold|
Molded salads and Thanksgiving go hand in hand...but this is our favorite version of this classic holiday staple. The combination of fruit flavored gelatin, cream cheese, apples, and cinnamon makes for a salad that everyone will be talking about, and wait for eagerly next year. We like making these in small individual molds, but a large mold can be used instead. It is also fun made in champagne or other stemmed glasses.
3 cups water, divided
3 tablespoons red hot cinnamon candies
6 ounces cranberry gelatin
2 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
8 ounces room temperature cream cheese
In a small saucepan mix together 1 1/2 cups water and the cinnamon candies. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until the cinnamon candies dissolve. Place the gelatin in a medium bowl and pour the cinnamon candy flavored water over the gelatin and mix until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups water (which should be cold). Reserve 1 cup of the gelatin and hold at room temperature until you are ready to use it. Refrigerate the remaining gelatin until thickened and softly set. Gently fold the chopped apples into the chilled gelatin and spoon the mixture into a 6 cup mold. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. In a medium bowl beat the cream cheese and reserved cup of gelatin until smooth and creamy. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the gelatin mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, or up to 48 hours. Unmold before serving.
Makes 10 servings.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours, 20 minutes