Last Sunday I made Strawberry Pretzel Jell-o. Now, I don’t suppose I have made it in the last dozen years, maybe longer.
I had a co-worker when I worked at UF who made great Strawberry Pretzel Jello. She’d make it for potlucks at the holidays. Huge favorite. Hers was…prettier. I’d get my fix and we would be good. Now if you are thinking strawberry and pretzel and jello don’t go together–think how much you like the salty sweet combo in Chocolate covered bacon/chips/pretzels. Then think fruity instead. Really. Excellent.
What is not excellent is my technique. I rushed through it answering the siren song of nap. So, mine had some not picture worthy issues. When you make it:
1. Bake the crust for a good 10 minutes
2. Slice the strawberries roughly evenly
3. Make the cream cheese layer and chill in the crumb pie shell before adding the Jello.
4. When the Jello is partially set–arrange the strawberries
Those are my special tips…BUT I have to say it worked FINE with jut throwing together. It was messy looking but good.
My family enjoyed it as well. Well, youngest didn’t have any because she wasn’t feeling well enough to really eat. The girls also found it highly suspect because of it being a Jello mold in our house and because it was unattractive.
- 1 cup melted butter
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- 1 8 oz brick cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar (You can actually lower this quite a bit if you want)
- 1 lb strawberries, sliced
- 1 small (4 serving) box of strawberry Jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
- Combine butter and pretzels. Press into alarge pie plate or 9x13 pan- Spray with nonstick spray first.
- Bake empty pie crust for 10 min at 350 degrees. Remove from oven, chill.
- Cream together sugar and cream cheese.
- Add strawberries here if you'd like--it gives the cream cheese layer a nice pink color. Don't overmix and crush them all to bits.
- Spread cream cheese layer in pie plate/9 x13 pan. Chill.
- Add boiling water to strawberry gelatin and stir until gelatin dissolves. Then add cold water.
- Pour Jello over cream cheese layer. Chill again until partially set. Add strawberries at this point if you didn't add them in the cream cheese layer. If you used them in the cream cheese layer--just chill until set and serve.
- Ignore your family when they regard you suspiciously because that could be a weird aspic and say "more for me" Give them the side eye when they gush about how wonderful and why haven't you TOLD them about this wonder.