Saturday, February 23, 2008

Pickle Stretcher Salad

This is the recipe that you pull out when you have only a couple of pickles, and considerably fewer than a couple of ideas about what to make with them. At our house, when there are only a couple of pickles left, we slice them into spears and line them up next to a sandwich. It's not hard to do.

But sometimes one's ambition rises above sandwiches (mine, not often really, but it can do). And that's when you may want to know about this salad.

The recipe is from the 1968 Favorite Recipes of Jaycee Wives Salads. Jaycees are members of the United States Junior Chamber, an organization for entrepreneurs established in 1920. Here's the link to the Wikipedia article about them. They are involved in all sorts of civic and local affairs and charitable things. And in the 1960s, their wives made a lot of salads. A lot of salads. I have some others lined up for you. Here's a little amuse-bouche to start us off.

Pickle Stretcher Salad

2 3-oz. pkg lemon-flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 3/4 cups cold water
6 to 8 medium-sized dill pickles, finely diced
2 tsp sliced, pimiento-stuffed olives

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add cold water and chill until syrupy. Rinse pickles quickly with cold water and drain well; fold pickles and olives into gelatin mixture. Pour into 1 1/2 quart baking dish and chill in refrigerator until firm.
Makes tart relish for meat. Yield: 12 servings.

I wish there was a picture of this. Or maybe I don't. I can see it in my imagination pretty well and I'll bet you can too. I'm wondering though, why you would worry about stretching the pickles because (a) you had 6 to 8 of them to start with and (b) wouldn't stretching the main course be more of a concern. I mean, if you ran out of the meat and all you had was pickle salad, that would be a problem. It might be a problem anyway, though.

The picture of - molds! - is from the 1963 classic, The Joys of Jell-O.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Pickle Stretcher Salad, eh?

I hear that's Pee Wee Herman's absolute favorite!