This year for my Thanksgiving jello I wanted to do something retro. A take on the very vintage Tomato Aspic that your Grandmother may have brought to the Thanksgiving dinner table but with the added twist of booze. Its made with all the classic Bloody Mary components: tomato juice, vodka, beer, garlic, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, plus green olives suspended throughout. Initially I wanted make this recipe just for fun, but it turned out to be pretty good. I thought about adding some shrimp cocktail into the mix but figured I should just quit while I was ahead. If you’re not into this recipe try some of my other Thanksgiving favorites here and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
I don’t often make savory jello molds because they are usually not very well received. This one, made for a southern food themed dinner party, was the exception and was devoured in minutes by party guests for whom this reminded them of their southern upbringing, myself included. Pimento Cheese spread is a southern comfort food favorite with varying recipes. Normally it calls for mayo, but I made mine with cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, pimentos, cayenne pepper, and just enough gelatin to give it some shape but still be spreadable. I was inspired to create this mold by Nicole Lang’s Kickstarter film project Pimento Cheese, Please! The film production team hits the road this month for the Charleston, SC area in search of folks to interview on the topic. So if you have any pimento cheese related insights or experiences contact Nicole – pimentocheeseplease [at] gmail [dot] com. She’d love to hear from you!