This week’s fantastic gelatin is my choice for the most unique, different and delicious gelatin recipe that was submitted during our contest.
Grandma Porter’s Lime Jell-O with Avocado & Grapefruit!
This recipe was sent in by April, who writes:
This one I remember my great grandmother making when I was as young as 3 or 4, so that was 1953-54. As an adult, I became allergic to avocados, so I couldn’t eat it anymore, and in later years when I tried it on my kids, they got grossed out on the thought of canned grapefruit, so it’s a lost recipe that I hope you will enjoy. The avocados she used were from the backyard in California, sooo good! I remember her serving it with lamb shanks, or sticky meat as I called it when I was little….another one of my favorite dishes that’s nothing more then a memory now. Hope you like it! Thanks for giving me a reason to go down memory lane, it was fun! Really enjoy your blog btw!
- 1 small box of Lime Jello
- 1 can of Grapefruit Sections chilled
- 1 freshly sliced Avocado
- Fix the jello according to package directions ( 1 cup boiling water to dissolve, then ½ cup cold water and ½ cup cold grapefruit juice from can)
- After the jello has set just a little, place grapefruit sections and avocado slices alternately down the tray (Grandma used to use aluminum ice cube trays to make this)
- Refrigerate and when firm serve with a little dollop of mayo on top
Okay, the first good thing about this recipe: Did you know that a vintage ice cube tray can be used as a gelatin mold??? I didn’t. It turns out it is pretty much the perfect size for one package of gelatin plus a few extra goodies.
Also, this recipe was darn easy. That being said, I STILL managed to mess it up. I know, right? Anyway, I forgot to add a bit of gelatin to the bottom to keep everything from floating all over. But it still ended up just fine.
And I actually thought it looked pretty unmolded, even after my screw-up. Or maybe that is just the “gelatin-crazy” talking. I did unmold a lot of ugly gelatin recently.
Tom thought it looked hilarious. But like that has ever stopped him before.
“What?” I said. “What does that look mean?”
“This…is actually good. “
From Tom’s Tasting Notes:
An amazing combination of flavors. Fascinating.
From Ruth’s Tasting Notes:
Not bad! Like nothing we’ve ever had before. Not gross at all.
The Verdict: Surprisingly good.
I know, you think I’m crazy. Just hear me out on this, okay?
I am not sure the culinary reasons behind this. In fact, this may just be a taste thing, but for some reason to me the avocado with the lime gelatin and the mayo was quite tasty. Maybe it is because I really love avocado. Maybe it is because I like grapefruit. Or maybe, just maybe, April’s Great-Grandmother was a dang genius.
Thanks for sending in a fun recipe, April!!