Saturday, May 3, 2008

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This "salad" has an honored spot at any remotely festive or holiday-related family gathering. I was introduced to it about three years ago, and I consider my life before that point to be a waste.

I'm kidding. But I do really, really like this. As in, I could single-handedly eat an entire pan in a weekend. Give or take. It's so yummy - crunchy, creamy, tangy, salty, sweet, and delicious.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

For crust:
1½ sticks butter, melted
3 tablespoons sugar
2 cups crushed pretzels

For filling:
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon milk
4 tablespoons crushed pineapple
8 oz Cool Whip

For topping:
1 large strawberry Jello
2 cups boiling water
16 oz frozen sliced strawberries

For crust, mix butter, 3 T sugar and pretzels. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Bake 8 minutes at 350o F.

Mix cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, milk and pineapple with hand mixer until well blended. By hand, mix in Cool Whip. Spread on top of pretzel crust. Chill for 30 minutes.

Mix 1 large strawberry Jello with 2 cups boiling water; stir until dissolved. Add frozen strawberries. Let stand about 10 minutes, then carefully spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.

Proceed to eat half the pan in one sitting.

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Dj said...

I cannot wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Kimberly said...

Wow! Gotta try this! The ingredients are going on my shopping list right now :-)

Heather said...

I love this kind of salad!

I'm finally making my bloggy rounds - it was a crazy weekend for us! Love the new blog look!

The Apron Queen said...

I've been enjoying the strawberries in season. This looks yummy! :D Thanks for sharing.

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Farrah said...

This is exactly what I needed! Another addictive recipe to help me gain some more extra poundage! One of those "must eat half of it in a single serving" huh? Perfect! Perfect! Thank you! ;-)