Buttermilk is one of those food items that not many people enjoy drinking, but it can be a very useful ingredient in many recipes. I personally like buttermilk as a drink, though I don't drink it often. I typically keep it on hand for cooking, as most do. While its taste may not be something you'll like, it can produce fabulous results when you cook with it, especially when baking.
I've come across a recipe that makes good use of buttermilk and you can't really even taste it in this salad. Simply called "Buttermilk Salad', it's a light and creamy salad that has buttermilk in it as an ingredient. This takes hardly any time to make and it must be made in advance, since it's a gelatin salad.
You begin by heating crushed pineapple and adding gelatin to it. Note that this uses the gelatin straight from the package and NOT dissolved! In fact, there's not even any water in this salad. Once the gelatin is dissolved, it cools for a short time. After this, the buttermilk goes in, followed by a thawed whipped topping. This is all mixed and placed in a baking dish to be chilled until firm.
The recipe calls for a six ounce of orange-pineapple gelatin. If you're unable to locate this flavor, use a three ounce package of orange gelatin and a three-ounce package of pineapple. Since this calls for crushed pineapple, this flavor of gelatin would go very well with it. Though I've never tried it, I would suggest lemon or apricot gelatin flavors, also.
This is pretty and eye-catching when served on lettuce. If you wanted to carry out more color, top it with a bit of mayonnaise or additional whipped topping and top with a cherry. It's pretty as it is good!
A while back, I gave a recipe for a "Frosted Fruit Salad" that's full of fruit and topped with a luscious topping. To get this recipe, follow this link:
- 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple
- 1 box (6 oz.) orange-pineapple gelatin
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1 carton (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
In a saucepan, heat the pineapple, juice and all, until it begins to boil. Add the gelatin and sugar and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool. When cool, fold in whipped topping. Turn into a 9x9 inch dish, cover and chill until firm, about 4 hours. Cut into squares to serve. Yield: 9 servings.