Vanquishing 'The Frozen Thing' from the Holiday Table

There is much talk about gaining those extra five or 10 pounds around the holidays, consuming all those traditional family favorites like Christmas cookies and eggnog. In commentator Laura Lorson's family, somehow, someway, her Mom got the idea in her head that a white frozen dessert was a beloved family ritual. Thankfully, Laura set her straight at a recent Christmas dinner a couple years ago.

Lorson share's her mother's recipe for the Frozen Thing below:

The Louisville Debuntante Frozen Fruit Salad (a.k.a. The Frozen Thing)

1 6 oz. package cream cheese

1 c. mayonnaise

1 c. heavy cream, whipped

2 and 1/2 c. mini-marshmallows

1 can crushed pineapple, drained

1/2 c. green maraschino cherries

1/2 c. red maraschino cherries

iceberg lettuce leaves

Blend cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Fold in whipped heavy cream and fruit. Add in mini marshmallows. Pour mixture into a 1-quart pan. Freeze. (Word to the wise: this will take a while. Allow a couple of days.) Once frozen, remove pan from freezer and cut into squares. (Word to the wise: this will take a while. You may want to get a chisel and one of those rubber mallets.) Remove (pry) squares from pan: serve on iceberg lettuce leaves. Top with an additional red or green cherry.

Serves: unknown number. My family has never actually run out of this dish at a holiday party, so it could conceivably serve up to 80 or so people.

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