Thanksgiving family treat: 7-Up Salad

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Lime Jell-O One of the Thanksgiving traditions we enjoy in my family is 7-Up Salad. This scrumptuous gelatin dish, made with lime Jell-O, is from my wife's side of the family; her grandmother taught her the recipe when she was a little girl, and my wife's been making it ever since. Sadly, I don't have a picture of the finished product handy - you'll have to wait until tomorrow for that. But here's the skinny on how to whip up this treat, courtesy of the missus.

Ingredients

2 lg packages Lime Jell-o
4 cups hot water
4 cups cold 7-Up
2 16 oz cans crushed pineapple (drain and reserve juice)
2 cups mini marshmellows

Pineapple Custard Topping

2 cups pineapple juice (reserve + a couple small cans of juice)
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons flour or cornstarch
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 T butter (NOT margerine)
1 large container regular Cool-Whip

Salad Directions

Pour Jell-O in large bowl; add hot water and stir until Jell-O is completely dissolved, then add 7-Up and mix well.  If molding Jell-O in a different dish, pour into dish, let partially set, and then add pineapple and marshmellows. If molding in the mixing dish, let partially set in the bowl and then add the pineapple and marshmellows. Refrigerate several hours or overnight until firm.

Topping Directions:

Combine all ingredients except butter and Cool-Whip and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in butter and let cool completely. Then stir in Cool-Whip to taste (some folks like a lot of Cool-Whip in their topping; for a more custardy topping, use less Cool-Whip).

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