But on to the main event: strawberry pretzel salad. We went to a bbq last night and this was my contribution. It's a good southern girl recipe by Paula Dean. It accounts for all of her favorite things including butter, sugar, and cream cheese. I've been making this with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law long before they ever became my in-laws. And it is just delicious. This time around though, I had a major revelation about the recipe that I will share...
Here is a link to Paula's recipe.
1. Crush up your pretzels. FYI, 2 cups crushed pretzels=4 cups non crushed pretzels.
2. Stir the melted butter, three tablespoons sugar, and pretzels all together in the pan and then press down to make the crust. Let cool completely before moving on the next step. (I actually made the crust on Friday and the rest on Saturday)
3. Cream together the softened cream cheese and sugar. (You could use light cream cheese and it would be just fine.) Fold in the cool whip. (Again, light or free cool whip would be fine. And you would feel better about yourself later.) Spread over the pretzel layer. Refrigerate until firm. (Or stick in the freezer if you are in a hurry like me.)
|This is the best layer. You could just make some of this and eat it, minus the jello or pretzels.|
|Only a tiny bit slipped in the corner.|
|My hips hate you, strawberry pretzel salad.|
And for your Sunday night viewing laughter, a picture of me playing Dance Central at the bbq last night. Again, you are welcome. I don't mind making fun of myself.