Classic Cranberry Mold

Crammed with cranberries and bursting with flavor, this Christmastime classic has stood the test of time. We've offered up some tips to make sure this recipe stays a favorite for years to come.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8

2
cups water
3/4
cup sugar
3
cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1
package (6-serving size) raspberry-flavored gelatin
1
can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple in syrup, undrained
1
medium stalk celery, chopped (1/2 cup), if desired
1/2
cup chopped walnuts, if desired
Salad greens, if desired

  • 1 Heat water and sugar to boiling in 2-quart saucepan, stirring occasionally; boil 1 minute. Stir in cranberries. Heat to boiling; boil 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in pineapple, celery and walnuts.
  • 2 Pour into ungreased 6-cup mold, 8 individual molds or stemmed goblets. Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours until firm. Unmold onto salad greens. Garnish with celery leaves and additional cranberries, if desired.

Expert Tips

Give this classic creation a contemporary flavor by adding one of these: • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments, drained • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries • 1/2 cup white wine (add with the gelatin; decrease water to 1 1/2 cups) • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts instead of the walnuts • 1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced

Embellish this shimmering salad by: • Placing on colorful kale leaves. • Filling center of gelatin ring with mixture of 1 tub (4 ounces) fruit-flavored whipped cream cheese and 1 cup whipped topping or cherries and fresh berries or try a mixture of 1 cup whipped cream, 1/2 cup lemon yogurt and 1/2 cup sour cream. • Garnishing with candied cranberries and salad greens cut to resemble holly leaves.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
60mg
60%;
Total Carbohydrate
43g
43%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
3 Fruit;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.