Do you ever end up with a lot of leftovers after serving a Thanksgiving meal? We put on a large Thanksgiving dinner at our church this last Sunday and ended up with many leftovers, including a lot of cranberry sauce (and that was after giving trays of food away to those who came). Typically, I love having leftovers. It means less cooking for me and after cooking such a big meal, who doesn’t love a break? That being said, there are times when you have to wonder what in the world you’re going to do with a certain leftover.
The trouble maker, fridge space invader this time was cranberry sauce. We ended up with a lot of leftover cranberry sauce. While my family likes cranberry sauce in small portions, it’s not something they go crazy over so I tried to figure out what I was going to do with it all. And then it dawned on me… trifle. Who doesn’t love trifle?
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Why not take the leftover cranberry sauce, the leftover raspberry parfait and the leftover whipped topping and create a dessert everyone would love? This trifle is incredibly easy to make and will use several ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards. If you don’t have the parfait, leave it out or make some berry flavored gelatin, let it set and then add some whipping cream/whipped topping to it in place of using parfait.
- 1 Cake Mix (white or yellow), prepared according to pkg.
- 3-4 c. Whole Cranberry Sauce
- 4 c. Jello Parfait (I had leftover raspberry parfait)
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 lb Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 c. milk (add more if needed)
- Whipped Topping
- Bake cake mix according to package and left cool. While the cake is cooling, mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk together on high speed in mixer and set aside.
- Cut cake into narrow strips in order to handle easily while placing in the trifle dish. Drizzle cream cheese mixture over the cake layer, enough to cover. Next, add 2 cups of jello parfait. Following the parfait, add half of your cranberry sauce. Repeat layering for a second time.
- Drizzle top layer with leftover cream cheese mixture and chill for one hour. When ready to serve, add whipped topping.
Don’t have a trifle bowl? You can use any clear bowl but make sure it’s fairly deep so you can get the layering to look right.