Thursday, June 7, 2018

Peach Fluff Jell-O Salad & Southern Hospitality

This light and fluffy Peach Jell-O Salad is made with just 6 ingredients and the perfect make-ahead dessert for summer cookout's, potlucks and get-together's! 
This post is eventually about this peach fluff, I promise! If you want to skip directly to the recipe just scroll down to the end of this post. Anytime I attend a funeral in the south I'm reminded of the generosity of good-loving people and southern hospitality. Southern hospitality in the south is defined as showing graciousness, kindness and warmth towards others. It's one of the reasons I love living here in Texas. 

When someone passes away in the south expressing sympathy with food is always a welcome and comforting gesture. Most times, funerals in the south usually conclude with a church style potluck, so family and friends can gather together to share a meal, memories of their lost loved one and to support one another. Funeral potlucks are usually arranged by a group of people from the church where the deceased attended. 

In the south food has always had a way of offering comfort and love. Food and cooking is the last thing that comes to mind for anyone who has lost someone. For most folks when someone passes away, they just don't know what to do to help, so stopping by to pay their respects and dropping off a dish or casserole is the least that they can do to help out a family or friend in their time of need. 

A couple months back, I was reminded again about the warmth and kindness from family, friends and strangers when my father-in-law passed away. Randy was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. I feel so blessed and privileged to have been a part of his life for 23 years! 

My in-laws welcomed my oldest son and I into their lives and treated us like family from day one. They never treated me like a daughter-in-law but always like a daughter and for that I thank them both. ❤ After his funeral service the church provided a potluck for the family. It was so nice to just be together with family and friends and reminisce about old times. 

I know what you're thinking what does this Peach Fluff Jell-O Salad have to do with this post? Well, it was at that church potluck where I enjoyed this delicious peach fluff for the first time. I loved it so much that I had to find out who made it and if they would be willing to share the recipe. A few people thought I was crazy, but if you know me than this should come to no surprise to you.   

If there's one thing I've learned living here in the south is that "recipes, especially family ones are a sacred thing". Some folks are willing to share and some folks guard a recipe with their life. Well, I found the sweetest little lady that made this delicious peach fluff and she was more than happy to share this recipe and a bit of conversation to go along with it.  

The way I see it when you share your recipes it's like leaving a bit of your legacy behind so your food can live on for future generations and that my friends is a good thing.  





Peach Fluff (Jell-O Salad)

1 - 16 ounce container small curd cottage cheese
1- 3 ounce box peach Jell-O, dry 
1 -15 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
1 - cup fresh peaches, diced
1 - cup mini marshmallows 
1 - 8 ounce container whipped topping (cool whip)
1-2 peach slices for garnish 

1. Drain the pineapple and set aside. Add the cottage cheese to a medium-sized bowl. 
Add the dry Jell-O to the cottage cheese and mix well. 

2. Add the drained pineapple and fresh peaches to the cottage cheese mixture and lightly mix. 

3. Lightly fold in the mini marshmallows and cool whip until combined. Don't over mix or stir too much or you will end up with a soupy fluff. 

4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Add the fluff salad to a decorative serving bowl and garnish with fresh peaches.     

recipe yields: 6-8 servings


  
A few of my favorite Fluff variations:

For the following variations you will still add the cottage cheese, marshmallows and whipped topping. You will only be substituting the jell-o flavors and fruit combinations.  

Mandarin Orange Jell-O Fluff: use orange jell-o and one (11 oz) can of mandarin orange segments (drained) and omit the crushed pineapple.

Pineapple Jell-O Fluff:  use pineapple jell-o and one (20 oz) can crushed pineapple (drained). 

Strawberry Jell-O Fluff:  use strawberry jell-o and 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (chunked) and omit the crushed pineapple. Fold the strawberries in just before serving. 

Raspberry Jell-O Fluff: use raspberry jell-o and 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries.

Lime Jell-O Fluff: use lime jell-o and one (15 oz) can crushed pineapple (drained). 


Lemon Jell-O Fluff:  use lemon jell-o with or without crushed pineapple. Garnish with lemon slices.



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3 comments:

Colleen said... #

Great tasty salad on a Hot Texas day; cool and refreshing. Makes for a nice salad to take to potlucks as well.
Thanks Tina. Keep cool

Teresa Hamilton said... #

It looks so great! Gotta try it this weekend! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
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AnnTN said... #

I've never tried it with peaches. I've always made it with mandarin oranges. I'll have to try it with peaches. I know it will be just as good. :)