Gelatin Heart Cutouts
Dissolve one package cherry- or straberry- or raspberry-flavored gelatin in 2 cups of hot water. Pour into shallow baking dish – gelatin should be a little less then 1/2 inch deep. Chill firm. Cut out hearts with cooky cutter. To remove the first cutout, slit a piece of gelatin between designs and pull out scraps; lift the cutout with spatula. Sever atop Valentine salads.
1 No. 2 1/2 can (3 1/2 cups) fruit cocktail
1 package lemon-flavored gelatin
1 cup hot water
1/4 cup maraschino-cherry syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 3-oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo or salad dressing
1 1/2 cups tiny marshmallows
1/4 cup quartered maraschino cherries
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
Few drops red food coloring
Drain fruit cocktail, reserving 1 cup syrup. Dissolve gelatin in hot water; add reserved fruit cocktail syrup, maraschino cherry syrup, and lemon juice. Chill till partially set. Soften cream cheese; add mayonnaise and beat until smooth. Add to gelatin mixture, mixing well. Stir in fruit cocktail, marshmallows, and cherries. Fold in whipped cream. Tint pink with red food coloring. Pour into individual heart molds.
Freeze salad several hours or overnight. Unmold atop canned pineapple rings. If desired, top with Gelatin Heart Cutouts. Makes 12 large or 18 small servings.
*Freeze any extra in refrigerator tray.