NPR's Susan Stamberg offers her mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish every year; Hillary Clinton touts the Chocolate Chip Cookies which she famously doesn't make; Slade Gorton has his Dungeoness Crab Spread; and the Bush Family their Zuni Stew.
These are all beloved Xmas traditions and BlatherWatch has one of it's own- which we now present by acclamation; and a big glass of holiday cheer. And you'll need one because as with so many old family recipes, the sentiment, not taste or the taste, is what endears this travesty to us all.
There's no "right ' way to make this favorite- it's made truly from the "left" overs found in any liberal holiday pantry.
CHEF MICHAEL'S TURKEY JELLO PRETZEL SALAD
3 tbsp. sugar
2 c. crushed pretzels
1/4 c. melted butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
10 oz. cooked leftover turkey
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
8 oz. carton Cool Whip
2 c. miniature marshmallows
6 oz. pkg. strawberry Jello
2 1/2 c. boiling water
Mix together sugar, melted butter and crushed pretzel sticks. Press into 9 x 13 pan and bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside to cool. Soften cream cheese; add powdered sugar and cream well. Fold in dessert topping and marshmallows. Spread over pretzel crust. Mix Jello in boiling water. Stir in turkey. When slightly thickened, pour over cream cheese layer. Place in the refrigerator until set. Serves 8 to 10.