Friday, September 16, 2011
Everything is better with butter . . . except watermelon. My mind can't wrap around the thought of the two together. Or watermelon and bacon.
I did see chocolate candy with bacon pieces at Whole Foods. No, I didn't buy it because I didn't want to waste the money. Do you really think chocolate and bacon are going to taste good together? Can you see now why I didn't want to waste my money.
Alas, I occasionally wish I had splurged.
I want to be more of risk-taker with trying different and unusual combination foods.
Which brings me to Alta Barker's recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad.
My mother taught me that when you're at someone's house you eat whatever food is served even if you don't like it. Well, we were at someone else's house where this was served. Salty pretzels with Jello and strawberries? I don't know.
Try it, try it and see.
Preheat oven to 400*.
2 cups crushed pretzels
2 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
Mix pretzels, sugar, and butter. Spread in a 9x13 pan (pat down) and bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool. Feel free to turn your oven off at this point if you aren't baking something else.
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
1 (8 oz) carton whipped topping
1 cup powdered sugar
Blend cream cheese, whipped topping, and powdered sugar. Spread on crust.
1 (6 oz) box strawberry Jello
1 (10-16 oz) package frozen strawberries
1 small can crushed pineapple
Mix Jello according to directions. Place in refrigerator to congel. Before it sets (when it's the consistency of slime, isn't that appetizing?), fold in the thawed strawberries and drained pineapple. Pour this mixture over the cream cheese mixture. Chill.
If you have a larger container of whipped topping, you could add a dollop to the top of each serving. Or not. :-)
QUESTION OF THE DAY :: What foods would you never have thought would taste yummy together but you found out they did?