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January 03, 2018

MOLDED SHRIMP SALAD

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Some things need to be brought back from the past like this retro Molded Shrimp Salad. Served with crackers, it is a fantastic appetizer that disappears quickly.

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Happy New Year!! I hope you had a great start to 2018! Did you do anything fun and exciting New Year's Eve?

My husband and I quietly celebrated the occasion by watching a couple movies. And since the temperature hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit, I was all too happy to usher in the new year in the warmth of my own home. 




For the first recipe of 2018, I'm brining retro back in the form of a savory molded salad. Also known as jellied, Jell-O, or congealed salad, this type of dish peaked in popularity in the 1950s and through the 1960s. They made regular appearances in American homes as well as at social gatherings and potlucks. Composed of a flavored gelatin base with added fruits, vegetables, or an array of other ingredients, it had tremendous versatility. Another part of its appeal is the ease of preparation and affordability as canned items and leftovers were commonly used. 

Molded Shrimp Salad

A co-worker shared this recipe with me many, many moons ago. I loved it from the very first bite. The smoothness from cream cheese and mayonnaise, the slight tang from condensed tomato soup and cream cheese, the crunch from celery, and the zest from red onion work in conjunction with the tender shrimp to hook you right in.

Molded Shrimp Salad

Although the original recipe was delicious, I made a couple of changes to suit my personal taste.  The recipe called for chopped green pepper (they don't like me), which I replaced with scallion. If you prefer green peppers, by all means, add them back! It also specified two (4.5 oz) cans of shrimp, drained. With a unit price at $11.96 per pound, canned shrimp is not the most economical choice. For a more budget friendly option, I buy either cooked frozen 71/90 count shrimp or defrosted ones from the seafood counter (you need only 8 oz. for this recipe). Ranging from $6.99 to $7.99 per pound, these options are much more economical than the canned counterpart. Of course, prices may vary by season and region, so do some comparative shopping where you are and make your own decision.




What do you say? Want to help me bring retro back? Say yes and start with this shrimp salad! It will be a great addition to any entertaining menu.

Molded Shrimp Salad


MOLDED SHRIMP SALAD     

Molded Shrimp Salad

INGREDIENTS:


1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can condensed tomato soup
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup mayonnaise
8 oz. cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup chopped scallion
1/4 cup drained sweet relish


INSTRUCITONS:

In a small bowl, combine gelatin in water. Let stand for 5 minutes. Bring tomato soup to a boil in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir in gelatin mixture to dissolve. Remove from heat.

Beat cream cheese smooth. Gradually beat in soup mixture until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise. Chill until partially set (the consistency of unbeaten egg whites) about 40 minutes.

Fold in  shrimp, celery, red onion, scallion, and relish. Coat a 6-cup capacity bundt pan with cooking spray. Pour in shrimp salad mixture. Chill for 6 to 8 hours.

To unmold, place bundt pan in warm water for 15-20 seconds. Remove from water. Place a plate over the pan. Holding the plate in place, invert the bundt pan, giving it a gentle shake to help shrimp mold release onto the plate. Serve with crackers.


Makes 8-10 servings.




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20 comments:

  1. I've never had one of these before! I'd love to try it, though :) For New Year's Eve hubby and I stayed home too and made a nice meal and watched some movies. It was a great night and so much cozier than going out into the cold! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Happy New Year to you, Dawn! It's basically an awesome shrimp dip. I hope you give it a try! I'm glad you had a nice cozy night. I think a quiet night with the hubs/family or entertaining an intimate group of friends at your own home is the best way to spend New Year's Eve.

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  2. Happy New Year Thao :)
    This looks so delicious....I have never tried it before, but looking forward to buying the ingredients and trying it out this weekend.
    Thank you for all the great recipes and looking forward to your new ones in 2018!

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    1. I'm so glad you are going to try it!! I hope you'll like it! And thank you, I can say the same about you!

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  3. This is SO unique!! I have never seen a savory jello mold. This would be so fun to bring to a potluck!! Your New Years sounds a lot like ours - mellow and peaceful, which is the perfect way to ring in another year. Cheers!

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    1. I like to bring something unique to the table every now and then. To think this type of dish used to be popular...
      I agree. I enjoy a mellow New Year's Eve at home. Take care!

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  4. This sort of recipe reminds me of my mom! So easy to make, and such a wonderful presentation. I bet it tastes amazing!!

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    1. It certainly is a blast to the past. I think we need to bring it back. Not all jellied salads were great but some, like this one is delicious!!

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  5. For New Year's Eve, my husband and I went to a hockey game (we won! Yay!) and then got take-out pizza :) Anyway, this is a retro recipe that sounds perfect for a potluck! Love the savoury flavours in this and the texture sounds fabulous.

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    1. That's a great way to start off your year!! I hope the wins continue! This dish is ideal for potlucks!

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  6. I'll totally help you bring this back! I love reading old cookbooks and finding recipes that have gone out of style for no good reason :). This sounds delicious!

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    1. Woo hoo!! We need to bring this type of mold into the 21st century! I can see why you love old cookbooks. I think it brings such a sense of nostalgia...even if some of it is before your time. Do you know what I mean?

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  7. i've never had a molded salad before, but i do love shrimp and cream cheese and appetizers (: and i love that you subbed in frozen shrimp for canned! i think they taste better anyways, and cheaper is always a nice quality (;

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    1. I think you're going to like this, Heather! I love serving things that people are not familiar with and watch their reaction as they discover they like it. And I totally agree with you on the shrimp :)

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  8. It looks really good! I have several old cookbooks from the 70's and they are indeed full of this kind of recipes. :) I have never made such a molded salad but seeing yours I could imagine making one.

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    1. Those cookbooks are fun to look through. I hope you'll give molded salads a try someday, Adina!

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  9. Wow! This molded shrimp salad seems so palatable, Thao!I love how it looks and I am sure I will love it how it taste when I make it. ;)

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    1. I hope you give it a try, Agnes! It is a fantastic dip with a with an unexpected presentation. And it's really yummy!!

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  10. I love the idea, it looks so 60'ish ^^ I bet it's delicious :)

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    1. Yes, very 60'ish along with a few great things: The Beatles, go-go boots, and lava lamps! 😉

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