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This is a great recipe my mom got from my aunt. It is a family tradition for us. It can be made a day or two ahead of time, if you like. It looks just beautiful in a cut crystal bowl. We just 'gobble' it up! If pecans aren't your favorite. substitute walnuts. Originally submitted to ThanksgivingRecipe.com.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
9
Yield:
8 - 10 servings
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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour 1 cup boiling water over the gelatin mix in a large bowl. Stir it until it is dissolved. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Place it in the refrigerator to partially gel. It is important that the gelatin is only partially gelled.

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  • Meanwhile, cook the pineapple in a small saucepan until it boils. Let it cook about 5 minutes. Cool it to room temperature.

  • When the gelatin is partially gelled, blend the softened cream cheese into it until it is creamy. Mix in the cooled, cooked pineapple.

  • Whip the cream until it is fluffy. Fold it into the gelatin-cream cheese mixture. Fold the nuts into the gelatin mixture. Pour it all into a pretty crystal bowl and place it in the refrigerator to completely gel.

Nutrition Facts

458 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 29.7g; fat 37g; cholesterol 99.8mg; sodium 179.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2005
I was looking for a lime gelatin salad recipe for my mom and this one fit the bill. I made the recipe as stated and it turned out just fine. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/22/2005
I started to make this recipe because it sounded good but then as I was making it I realized it wasn't quite right. The ingredients call for 1 1/2 cups water but the directions call for 1 cup water and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. I didn't have the pineapple juice since it wasn't listed in the ingredients I didn't buy it. I tried draining my canned pineapple juice but didn't get anywhere near 1/2 a cup. I called a friend who makes a similar salad. She says hers calls for 3 cups of liquid. This one has 2. I decided to add the 3 just to be safe. Also this recipe asks for the pineapple to be cooked. I decided not too since it was neither fresh nor frozen I figured it wouldn't interfere with the jello setting up. It was a good recipe once I had it figured out but I'm glad I didn't just dive into it or ask one of the kids to do it or it may have not turned out well. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 2 stars
06/22/2005
I started to make this recipe because it sounded good but then as I was making it I realized it wasn't quite right. The ingredients call for 1 1/2 cups water but the directions call for 1 cup water and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. I didn't have the pineapple juice since it wasn't listed in the ingredients I didn't buy it. I tried draining my canned pineapple juice but didn't get anywhere near 1/2 a cup. I called a friend who makes a similar salad. She says hers calls for 3 cups of liquid. This one has 2. I decided to add the 3 just to be safe. Also this recipe asks for the pineapple to be cooked. I decided not too since it was neither fresh nor frozen I figured it wouldn't interfere with the jello setting up. It was a good recipe once I had it figured out but I'm glad I didn't just dive into it or ask one of the kids to do it or it may have not turned out well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2005
I was looking for a lime gelatin salad recipe for my mom and this one fit the bill. I made the recipe as stated and it turned out just fine. Thanks for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2008
I followed the recipe with the added ingredient of the 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Didn't cook the pinapple either as it was a can. Everyone liked how it was NOT THAT SWEET (great for serving with a meal). I wishied it was sweeter as I served it as a dessert. Pretty festive and I think for more than 9 servings. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/27/2009
If done right this is a good recipe. There is absolutely no need to cook canned pineapple. For the water use 1 cup and then add 1/2 cup pineapple juice. You can get that from the can of drained pineapple or from a regular can of pineapple juice. I've made this recipe for many years. It's delicious also with canned pears added or canned pears alone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2011
Since I can remember growing up this has always been a favorite at holiday dinners. My Aunt was always in charge of bringing it but when she passed away no one knew how to make it. I have searched and tried many this was the closest. The only thing I do differently is I drain the pineapple first. This is how I get my half cup of pineapple juice. Also after the Jell-O has set a little I whip the Jell-O also it makes it creamier. I blend the cream cheese and pineapple together before adding to the Jell-O and we do not add any nuts. I am so glad I found this recipe. Thank You SHECOOKS2 Also total liquid should be 2 cups so 1 1/2 cups boiling water and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2009
I've been making this recipe for as long as I can remember. I got it from my grandma and streamlined it by "blenderizing" it rather than just mashing the pears. SO yummy smooth and refreshing. It has become just as important as Green Bean cassrole & Candied Yams on our Thanksgiving table. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2011
This a very tasty dish and my family often requests it. I don't add the whipping cream-- too much fat. It's just fine without it-- maybe a little tangier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2014
Yummy. My great grandma used to make this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/29/2017
I tried this recipe because I'm a sucker for jello recipes!!! This one is pretty good. Note that you should drain the canned pineapple to extract the juice...if you don't have enough add water to meet the measurement. For the life of me I couldn't figure out why we needed to cook the pineapple (I did it anyway)...I thought that maybe it helped bring out the sugar? But then I figured it's probably because a long time ago they used fresh pineapple instead of canned...aw well anyone's guess. Loved making my own whipping cream for it. I gave this a 4 star instead of 5 because I love this recipe with pears and pear juice instead of pineapple...it's 100x better!!! Though this one is still very good. Also I mixed in the cream cheese and pineapple w/my mixer into the jello...makes everything more creamy. Thank you!!! Read More
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