The green jello salad has been a staple on our table for decades. It's really a dessert, but we eat it alongside savory mains and its creamy texture is oddly good as part of a fork-bite including meat. According to family, this was the most sought-after dish at Great Aunt Ruth Ellen's table: "It heralded the beginning of the Christmas season because it was always made in a Christmas tree-shaped Jell-O mold,” they say. —laurenlocally
small can pears, drained and mashed
packages of cream cheese, softened
In This Recipe
Dissolve jello in hot water and cool to room temperature.
Blend the cream cheese with the pears, then add in the room temperature jello.
Whip 1/2 pint of cream until it just holds.
Gently blend all ingredients together until almost uniform.
Pour into a (Christmas tree) mold. Chill for four hours.