I was first introduced to a dish dubbed "Pretzel Salad" at a potluck back in San Francisco. The theme was southern, and the menu included such classic dishes at pulled pork, mac & cheese, and greens. For dessert, the only person who had ever actually lived in the south brought pretzel salad. It went against all our better sensibilities, but I thought it was tasty.
Two years later, we went to a potluck and my boyfriend had a recipe dubbed "pretzel salad" in his collection. Since he grew up in the Washington DC area, I knew it had to be the same basic recipe.
It's a weird dish and I'm ashamed to admit that I liked it. It sounded really gross from the ingredient list (like fried pickles...) but turned out to be a fantastic, bad for you, delicious souther treat (like fried pickles...) Perhaps I should try making fried pickles in the future too...
- 2 cups crushed pretzels
- ½ cup melted butter
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- 10 oz cool whip
- 16-20 oz frozen strawberries or raspberries
- 2 3 oz boxes strawberry or cherry jello
- 2 cups boiling water.
- Crush pretzels and mix with butter and 3 Tbsp sugar. Spread on the bottom of a baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until crisp and set.
- Remove crust and let cool completely.
- While crust is cooling, cream together sugar and cream cheese until fluffy. Fold in frozen whipped topping.
- Pour whipped topping onto crust and let set in refrigerator.
- Boil water and pour over strawberry jello to dissolve. After dissolved, add chopped strawberries. Pour evenly over cream cheese layer. Let set completely before serving.