Jello Salad

Chicken and dumplings: a southern classsic. As good as the meal is by itself, sometimes you just need a side. But what pairs perfectly with chicken and dumplings? I have the answer: jello salad. You can bet that anytime my nanny is treating us to some chicken and dumplings, a bowl full of jello salad is nearby. I love it and I know you’ll love it too.

~ Serves 6-8 people ~

Ingredients:

  • 2 peach JELL-O packs
  • 1 block of softened cream cheese
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
  • Chopped walnuts (optional)

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To get started, grab the jello packets and prepare them as stated on the box (It usually says something like “Add two cups of boiling water”). While the jello is still hot, add the cream cheese to the bowl. Take a fork and break up the block into smaller pieces. {My favorite part is when I get a big chunk so we keep our pieces on the larger side} Next, mix in the can of pineapple, juice and all. Now mix in your cup of buttermilk for creaminess. This is when you could add walnuts if you would like to. {We usually don’t but sometimes we like a little crunch so we’ll throw some in} You’re done mixing so place the mixture into the fridge to congeal. When it’s time for chicken and dumplings, bring it out and enjoy!

 

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Fried Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Serves 2-3 mouths

Ingredients:

rutabaga (diced)
4-5 slices of bacon 
onion (chopped)
Salt 
Pepper

Directions:

Grab the rutabaga and peel that nasty wax exterior off. Nobody wants to eat that. Then dice the rutabaga into small pieces (shown in picture above).

Next, grab 4 or 5 slices of bacon and fry them up in a pan. (don’t let the smell hypnotize you…you have more cooking to do) When the bacon is finish cooking, place them to the side and let em cool. (we prefer our bacon to be extra crispy in this recipe but of course you do whatever you like)

With the bacon grease still in the pan, throw in your chopped onion. Next toss in your diced rutabaga and add some salt and pepper. Cook this over medium heat until the rutabaga is tender.

Finally, crumble the bacon and throw it on top and you’re ready to serve.

Now you finally have the perfect side to impress your date friday night. 😉

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