Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Thanksgiving is all about tradition.
Most families have dishes that they always prepare every year, whether it be a special cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, or something more exotic. Every year, my family goes to a huge party held by my dad's transplant friends, relocated from Hawaii to California. It's essentially a giant pot luck with dishes varying from spam musubi to the standard turkey and gravy.
As you can imagine, this leads to a number of interesting dishes! But the one dish that we made together (before I moved away from home) each year was seven layer jello.
Not very festive, right? Wrong! In my opinion, at least. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for your friends and family - and I think that seven layer jello is an elegant way to show you care.
Am I over thinking this? Yeah. But that's what I do. Anyway, the recipe for my family's seven layer jello! It's taken from the Favorite Island Cookery Book III.
Seven Layer Jello or Rainbow Finger Gelatin
- 4 boxes (3 oz) flavored gelatin (lime, lemon, orange, and strawberry)
- 6 envelopes unflavored Knox gelatin
- 1 can (14oz) condensed milk
- For gelatin mixture: Mix each box of flavored gelatin separately with 1 envelope unflavored gelatin and 1 cup of hot water. Pour one flavored gelatin mixture into a 9x13 inch pan and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- For mile mixture: Dissolve 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin in ¼ cup cold water, then add ¾ cup hot water. In another bowl, combine 1 can condensed milk and 1 cup boiling water. Combine both mixtures and cool. Divide into three parts.
- For gelatin layer: Pour one part milk mixture over first layer of gelatin. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Pour on another flavored gelatin mixture, alternate with milk mixture, refrigerate for 15 minutes for each layer, ending with flavored gelatin. Example: lime, milk lemon, milk, orange, milk and strawberry.
photo credit goes to my dad!