My Aunt Mary made this and brought it to every family gathering, calling it Green Stuff. She and her husband, my Uncle Walt, only had one child, and he didn’t live nearby, so they would come to my grandmother’s house for family holidays. Uncle Walt was Nana’s oldest brother, and he was born in the very early 1900s. His stories of life back in the day were wonderful – he delivered milk and all kinds of things.
I made this recently for Thanksgiving, and about half of it was eaten. Which is half more than I thought would eat it. It’s definitely a nostalgia food for a lot of people over 40.
This is a fun, gluten-free recipe! I can’t guarantee it’s family-friendly, as none of the kids would try it. It can also be (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, soy free, egg free, peanut free, fish free, and shellfish free recipe.
- 1 16oz crushed pineapple, juice drained and reserved
- 1 pkg lime Jello gelatin
- 1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 2 TBS of the reserved pineapple juice
- 1 cup water, boiled
- 1/2 cup cold water
Boil 1 cup water. In a large bowl, dissolve Jello in boiled water, whisking for a couple minutes. Whisk in cold water and pineapple juice. Blend cream cheese into Jello mix until well combined.
Let chill in bowl for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, until thickened, but not set.
Fold in walnuts and crushed pineapple, and pour into bundt pan mold. Chill until set – 2 hours or overnight.
Unmold by turning over onto a serving plate. If it doesn’t immediately pop out, run under hot water for a second, then try again. However, this is why silicone is lovely – it’s a lot easier to unmold anything if you use a silicone mold.
Serve. Either try to avoid bringing up the dishes coming to life in Better off Dead, or embrace it!
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