A salad is defined as
1.A cold dish of various mixtures of raw or cooked vegetables, usually seasoned with oil, vinegar, or other dressing: “a green salad”.
This dish was definitely cold, had cooked vegetables, but not green!!
The recipe calls for dry cottage cheese. To get this, you have to rinse your cottage cheese in a cheesecloth liked colander and then let sit to get all the liquid drained. Sound good yet?
Then, I didn’t read the recipe well enough, because I stewed my own tomatoes, when it said that you could use tomato soup in a can!! By the time I cooked the tomatoes and strained them this recipe took FOREVER. On the upside, the tomatoes did smell good!
I don’t have a retro mold (hint hint for Christmas…), so I just used a bundt pan. I placed the cottage cheese in first and then the tomato/gelatin mixture.
And now a word about gelatin. The recipe called for either 2 T. or 1 ounce. Turns out that each package of gelatin is 1 ounce and contains 4 packets. I measured and each packet is about a Tablespoon. So, figuring this wasn’t going to be a recipe I was sharing with the neighbors, I used 2 packets instead of the 1 ounce suggestion. It turned out gelatinous enough.
- 1 1/2 lbs dry cottage cheese (see above) I used a large container of small curd
- 1 can tomatoes (I used a large can of diced)
- 6 cloves
- 2 small onion, chopped fine
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 t salt
- 2 T vinegar
- 2 T. gelatin
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 1/2 c. cold water
- 1 t whole black pepper
- Place dry cottage cheese into the bottom of a jello mold or bundt pan.
- Boil tomatoes and spices until tomatoes are soft. Strain (OR USE PREPARED TOMATO SOUP).
- Reserve 2 1/2 c. juice and reheat until boiling.
- Soften the gelatin in 1/2 c. cold water then pout on the boiling tomato juice.
- Add lemon and vinegar and stir until dissolved. Pour over cottage cheese in the mold.
- Place gently in fridge until set.
When ready to serve, loosed in a sinkfull of hot water and invert onto serving plate. Garnish with hard cooked eggs and shredded lettuce.
Wretched Rating (1 being palatable and 5 being spit it out): 5
Serious EWWW. I was just describing to a friend and she went pale and begged me to stop! No lie.