Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Strawberry salad

a friend saw this on the internet and asked me to do something a bit different, for all the recipes he saw used strawberry jello (note ALL of them have artificial flavor)...
what?  No strawberries and only a fake flavor (and loads of sugar, this is a salad for goodness sake)!
I took the challenge and it took a few tries, but i managed it!

Strawberry Salad
a somewhat healthier alternative to what you find on the internet
·       2 cups crushed pretzels
          (start with 4 cups of twisted pretzels)
·       3/4 cup butter, melted
·       3 tablespoons raw sugar
·       1 quart fresh strawberries
·       1 teaspoon white sugar
·       1 cup celery, finely cut
·       2 packets of gelatin
·       1 cup boiling water
·       4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 block) at room temperature
·       1 cup whipping cream, fresh
·       1 tablespoon white sugar
use a food processor to crush pretzels and blend butter and sugar
press into a 9 x 9 glass pan and bake for 15 minutes at 375 F
let cool
whip cream cheese, whipping cream and sugar till firm
(optional: add 1 teaspoon vanilla)
spread onto the cooled crust
wash and clean the strawberries, but do not dry them
add 1 teaspoon sugar and let sit refrigerated over night
slice 5 strawberries and place on top of the whipped cream filling
use a food processor to grind the remainder and strain
reserve the juice
dissolve the gelatin in boiling water
add juice, celery and 1 tablespoon processed strawberries
refrigerate for several hours until it begins to gel
pour very gently and let sit

top with fresh basil, slice chiffonade style