Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet and Sour Cherry Gelatin Ring

Have you ever had a dish that was so good that ya just wanted to have it over and over again at least once a week? Well, I seem to have a hankering for this one quite a bit, and if I weren’t post-menopausal I would think I was pregnant the way I crave it! My gawd, is it ever good! Ya gotta try this one! It is good for breakfast, it is good for an appetizer, it is good for a dessert. It is good with pork, and it is good with chicken, and it is good with fish. (Gosh—I am starting to sound like Dr. Seuss!) Well, you are not going to believe it, but it only has four ingredients! That is, until you make the topping which only has three! So let me tell you how to do it … Do you want the diet version or the fattening version? Of course you want the diet version. When you have company, just get the fattening stuff. Figure it out.

Anyway, here goes:
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
1 21-ounce can Comstock sugar-free cherry pie filling
3/4 cup Diet Dr. Pepper
2 packages, 3-ounce cherry sugar-free gelatin
1/2 cup water (Oops—I lied—there are five ingredients but you didn’t have to pay for the
water ... or did you?)

Drain the pineapple juice to a saucepan into which you are adding the water and bringing to a boil. Reserve the pineapple for later. Add the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Stir in the 3/4-cup of Dr. Pepper (you can drink the rest)! Stir in the cherry pie filling and the crushed pineapple, then pour into a round mold. Refrigerate until firm and serve plain or with the topping below.

1/2 cup Cool Whip
1/2 cup Fat-Free Sour Cream
3 packets Splenda (or any sweetener you are into)

Whip all three ingredients together and dabble a bit on top of your beautiful red sweet and sour ring. Beautiful for Christmas, All-American holidays with a few blueberries sprinkled on top and for just about any time you are hungry for a light salad or appetizer!

Tootaloo! Lee