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by on December 21st, 2009

Garden Vegetable Terrine

 
Merry Christmas to anyone that ever asked for this recipe.
 
Years ago this little recipe went by another name — ARKANSAS DIP. That name didn’t explain what it was. Maybe it just described where it came from. My sister gave me this recipe over 10 years ago, I kept it for a couple of years before trying it because I didn’t think it sounded good — how wrong could I have been.
 
I renamed this recipe Garden Vegetable Mold and after awhile decided I didn’t like the sound of “mold” so changed it to Garden Vegetable Terrine. The name represents all that is good about this dish. Vegetables out of the garden, crunch, sweetness, a little heat and spread on a cracker it is delightful.
 
All who tried this terrine remembered the dish by the color, texture and taste. Everyone always wanted the recipe and many have tried and tried to come up with the list of ingredients. I never would give out the recipe and not even my friends have a copy.
 
As time went by, year after year people have still not forgotten this little Jello dish. Even men like this dish and my husband never liked Jello type salads and he likes it. I catered a party for a guy once and he offered to trade me his mom’s secret punch recipe for my garden vegetable mold recipe — nah, still didn’t let go of it.
 
So on this day, I give this recipe to anyone who has every begged or bargained for a copy.
Merry Christmas! And I hope you will enjoy this with your family and friends over the holidays.
Here are a few pictures of the way I have served it. 
   

I used my little star cutter and cut out shapes from a red bell pepper to garnish this terrine. I served this just last night at a party I catered and everyone loved it – even the guys I had to talk into trying it.

Sometimes I double the recipe and put it in a dish like above. No turning out, just garnish and serve. I’ve also cut it in squares to serve at a lady’s luncheon and even molded it in my individual tiny martini glasses.

The above mold was made in a heart shaped cake pan. Just line your dish with plastic wrap all the way up the sides. After you refrigerate the mold and it has set up and you are ready to plate, just peel back the plastic wrap, top with a tray/plate and flip over. Then peel off the plastic wrap and you have a beautiful mold ready to garnish with herbs and crackers.

Garden Vegetable Terrine

1 can chopped Rotel Tomatoes
1- 3 oz. pkg. Lemon Jello
1 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1/4 c. milk
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 c. green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 c. onion, chopped fine
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. Miracle Whip (or mayonnaise)
Herbs to garnish
Crackers

Put the Rotel tomatoes, cream cheese, lemon Jello and milk in saucepan and heat until the cream cheese has melted into small pieces. Stir and mash the cream cheese so you don’t have large chunks. Cool for about 5 minutes and add all your chopped veggies, nuts, and Miracle Whip. Line a pie plate or any other container with plastic wrap. Make sure you have it all the way up the sides (this will prevent the terrine from sticking to dish and allows for getting it plated easily).  Refrigerate overnight.  To unmold, pull back the plastic wrap that you have covered the dish with. Invert a plate or platter over the pie plate. Flip the dish and mold over. Remove the pie plate and peel off the plastic wrap. Garnish with herbs and serve with crackers.

Merry Christmas!

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8 comments to Garden Vegetable Terrine

  • Sherry

    I hope someone will try this recipe. It is a great little recipe and one that everyone always wanted. It will become a favorite at your parties — I guarantee it. — Sherry (aka Rosemaryandthegoat)

  • Excellent post as usual, thanks!

  • I’ve been looking through your website. You have some nice posts on here, especially this one – I really liked it…nice post. Consider yourself bookmarked

  • Sherry

    Daryl, This is a great little recipe. As I said in the post, it took me a long time to try it because I thought it sounded great. I have been making it for years for parties I cater and surprising enough, men usually love it too. You can try sugar-free jello if you want and it doesn’t change the taste at all. Please subscribe and you will be notified anytime we post a new recipe. — Sherry (aka rosemaryandthegoat)

  • Leigh Murray

    I can attest to the absolutely deliciousness of this dip. Sherry served it at one of my parties and everyone loved it!

  • Sherry

    Leigh, so glad you have enjoyed this recipe. I was glad to finally share it with you.

  • Marti

    What are Rotel Tomatoes??

  • Rotel is tomatoes packed with green chiles. That’s a brand name. Usually stores have store brand. Just look for tomatoes with green chiles

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