T’is the season for festivals and parades and entire communities coming together to celebrate summer, family, life and all that we endure together. The table, where we share simple meals and feasts alike, is also where we share some of the most significant moments and where strangers become friends. Food unites. Sweet, wholesome food makes little children’s eyes open wide and brings simple pleasure to hard-working adults.
This simple Applesauce Ring, found on page 11 of the All Year ‘Round Squeezo Book, is irresistibly delicious and perfect for the summer table.
If you are using a Squeezo Strainer to make the applesauce, put several red apples (mix two or three varieties for perfect flavor) in a large kettle. These should be washed but NOT peeled and NOT cored. Add about 1/2 in of water or cider to the bottom. Cover and turn the heat to medium. steam the apples until they are soft.
Set it up with the Standard screen. Feed the apples into the hopper, making sure you have two bowls in place, one to catch the peels, cores and seeds and the other to catch all the beautiful juice and pulp. From time to time, scrape the pulp off the strainer with a rubber spatula. Sweeten to taste and add a pinch of salt.
For the rest of the recipe, you will need:
1 package unflavored gelatin
2 tbsp cold water
1 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 C mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lemon
Curry powder to taste
Salt to taste
Dissolve gelatin in 2 tablespoon cold water. heat applesauce and stir in gelatin until dissolved. Cool and fold in mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season to taste. Turn into a ring mold and chill until set. Un-mold and fill center with chicken salad.
Variation: Place dried apples at the bottom of the mold. When serving, fill the center with yogurt and granola or with a vegetable and nut salad.