California Central Coast Recipes
Strawberry Fruit Salad and Sour Cream Parfait
One of my grandmother's favorite Thanksgiving salads (that can be eaten as a lighter dessert as well) is her old-fashioned "mama-cooking style, Strawberry Fruit Salad and Sour Cream Parfait." Made in three layers in a regal glass crown-shaped dish, the layers of jello fruit and sour cream alternate so that when you dish it out, it's a medley of flavors for your taste buds. My relatives still have fond memories of this recipe and mention how beautiful and delicious it was. When ever I eat it, I'm comforted by its unusual fresh taste and warm memories of years past and my Nonna and the womenfolk fussing in the kitchen as they prepared the holiday feast.
This is very simple to make, but the setting time of the Jello mixture does takes a few hours. But, it's really not that time-consuming if you just plan ahead for it and structure your day. Especially during the holidays you probably have plenty else to do in between the steps.
Preparation time: 1 hour Cooking time:
1-1/2 cups Boiling water , divided in two parts
2 Small Packages Strawberry Jello
2 Bananas , mashed
1 Medium-sized can Crushed Pineapple , drained of juice
2 Eight ounce packages frozen sweetened strawberries , thawed
1 pint Sour Cream
1 Nice-looking clear glass 5 cup serving bowl
1 In a heat-resistant bowl, pour in small package Jello, and add to this three-quarters (one-half of total amount) cup boiling water. Stir well constantly for at least two minutes or until Jello powder is completely dissolved. Add one thawed package strawberries and mix well.
2 In a medium-sized bowl, mix one-half well-drained can of crushed pineapple with one mashed banana. Mix thoroughly to combine well. Add all this mixture to the bowl with the Jello mixture and mix well.
3 Pour the Jello fruit mixture into a nice glass serving bowl and set the bowl into the refrigerator and let it set for an hour or so. (Until pretty solid.)
4 When the Jello is firm enough to spread with sour cream, do so spreading the sour cream in a even layer across the top.
5 To complete the dish, in a heat-resistant bowl, pour in the second package of Jello. Add to this the remaining three-quarters cup of boiling water. Stir well constantly for at least two minutes or until Jello powder is dissolved. Add to this the remaining thawed package of strawberries and mix well.
6 Mix one-half well-drained can of crushed pineapple with one mashed banana. Mix thoroughly to combine well. Add all this mixture to the bowl with the Jello mixture and mix well.
7 Pour this second half of Jello fruit mixture carefully over top of sour cream and evenly distribute.
8 Before putting the bowl in the refrigerator for the final set, make sure that there are no dribbles of fruit or Jello on the clear sides of the serving dish where it shouldn't be. Wipe any "mistakes" carefully with a paper towel.
9 Set bowl into refrigerator and let set for until very firm. (About four hours.) Be sure the glass dish is sitting level in the refrigerator so it will make a nice presentation.
This is a great accompaniment for a family holiday meal or any other special occasion. It's SO refreshing!
This fruit salad can be served as is as a side salad or as a light dessert. If you choose to have it as a dessert, this dish can be further garnished with some whipped cream or Chantilly Cream.