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Do you know what I love about winter? I love the holidays and coming together with family and friends. And the food. Let’s be real for a sec. I love the food.
But the holidays are over and winter still trudges on. Now what?
Well, I decided to rekindle some of that holiday magic and comfort with a spin on one of my favorite holiday meals: juicy turkey with sweet and tart cranberry sauce.
My husband’s mom makes the best cranberry dessert – which they actually call “salad,” but there’s nothing salad-y about it. Just sayin’. Anyway. It’s so good. She saves it for the holidays as a special treat. It’s so delicious. I got a hankering for it and called my mother-in-law up for the recipe. It’s not hard, like I thought it was! That’s dangerous knowledge to have. At any time, I could make this cranberry des – I mean, salad. 😉
- 1 Large pkg Cherry Jello
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 2 cups water
- 1 Large pkg instant vanilla pudding
- 3 cups milk
- 8 oz Cool Whip – thawed
- Boil water and jello. Add cranberry sauce and stir until dissolved. Pour into 9x13 pan and let set up in the fridge. (About 2 hours.) Once set, mix vanilla pudding with milk according to package directions and pour over Jello. Let it set in the fridge (at least 10 minutes.) Wen set, spread with Cool Whip.
See? So easy. It takes a little planning because you have to give it time to set. But really? If you can boil water, you can make this.
Now, let’s see. Sweet and tart cranberry? Check. Juicy turkey? Hmmm…
That was actually also an easy one. While I was at Walmart buying ingredients for the Cranberry Jello Salad, I thought, “I bet there are Turkey Pot Pies in the freezer section.” And what do you know? I was right.
But hold on, just one second. You can’t buy just any turkey pot pie! It has to have golden, flaky crust. There must be homemade gravy, delicious vegetables and tender, juicy turkey.
It has to be Marie Callendar’s, because Marie Callendar’s pot pies taste like homemade. They’re #warmthinacrust, so the 4 pack went right in our cart. I wanted everyone to have their own little pie. How fun is that?
After putting together the Jello Salad, we got the pot pies ready for the oven. They come with a microwave pouch, but we decided to bake ours. Make sure to wrap the edges with tin foil to get an even, golden crust.
Look at that flaky crust. Those delicious veggies. That savory gravy. And the turkey? Definitely juicy.
Paired with the cranberry jello salad? It was definitely hitting the “missing the holidays” spot.
Like I said, Marie Callender’s tastes like homemade, which really helps me scratch that nostalgic holiday itch. My kids were delighted by having dinner in a pie. My son asked why it had a crust, and my daughter said, “That’s so it can hold all that yummy food inside.” Right-O.
Did you know that Marie Callender’s makes more than just pot pies? While we were searching for our Turkey Pot Pies, we saw a ton of meal options in the freezer section! Not to mention their dessert pies, which my mother-in-law is also a huge fan. Check out their website to learn more about their amazing dishes. And if you liked the Cranberry Jello Salad, you’ll love their other recipes as well!
Do you have a favorite winter recipe or tradition?