Spicy Orange Jello Salad

Grandma Peterson found this recipe, and it has been a fairly constant dish at family celebrations since then (much more popular than the Peterson green jello). Where the Midwest idea of jello at every meal came from, we don稚 know.


1 c. water
1 stick of cinnamon (3 in. or so)
8 whole cloves
1 pkg, (3 oz.) orange jello
3/4 c. (6 oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate, partially thawed
1 T. lemon juice
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained


In saucepan, combine water and spices; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, and remove spices. Add dry jello, stir until dissolved. Add orange juice concentrate and lemon juice; mix well. Chill until slightly thickened, about one hour.

Fold in mandarin oranges. Pour into a 3-cup mold. (Unmolding is easier if you put a shot of spray shortening in the mold.) Chill until firm, at least 4 hours.

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Copyright 2009 Karen Clark