This whole dessert seems so very American. It starts with red Jello, and then the white layer is made from sour cream, marshmallow pieces and whipped cream. The star-shaped treat is then topped with blueberries — a fruit that is native to North America.
See a second recipe below, too, for a slightly different way to make a gelatin star for your favorite patriotic holiday!
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By Cecily Brownstone
Patriotic colors for the July 4 party dessert! It’s a red-white-and-blue star, cool and refreshing, big enough to serve a flock of guests.
Strawberries, cream cheese, blueberries and flavored gelatin are the main ingredients of this sweet offering. If you haven’t a two- quart star-shaped container in which to mold the dessert, don’t worry; use a saucepan for a mold and outline a star on top.
We suggest an aluminum saucepan rather than a glass casserole for the molding, because the large dessert will slip out of the aluminum container better than it will out of the heavy glass baking dish.
Sometimes it runs
Don’t worry either if the red strawberry layer of the dessert runs a bit into the cream cheese layer; that sometimes happens in the best of test kitchens. A gentle brush-off with a clean damp cloth will help clear away the displaced color.
Note the recipe directions that tell you to chill one layer until almost firm, and heed them. If you pour one layer of gelatin onto an entirely firm layer, you won’t have good cohesion!
This red-white-and-blueberry star dessert will look pretty on an Independence Day buffet supper table.