Healthy, spooky, jiggly treats fit for Halloween
I discovered the inspiration for this recipe ages ago in an issue of the Australian edition of Vogue, a magazine I tried to hunt down as often as possible because it had a consistently innovative food section. Although my Jell-O years already were well behind me, I was struck by the cleverness of this recipe, particularly as a healthy snack for kids, and even more particularly at Halloween.
It couldn't be much simpler: two ingredients, no added sugar. You combine fresh orange juice with unflavored gelatin, then chill the mixture in the empty orange shells. After the shells are cut up, the individual wedges are ringers for actual orange slices. except that they jiggle in a slightly spooky, Halloween-ish way. (There's nothing spooky about the way they taste.)
Virtually any member of the orange citrus family is a likely candidate for jiggly wedge-dom at Halloween: clementines, tangerines and tangelos. And the aptly-named blood orange, of course, is tailor-made for the job.
If you're moved to stray from the recipe, one proportion should not change — you will need one package of gelatin for every 1 3⁄4 cups of strained fruit juice.
I've also included an adult variation on this recipe — the addition of vodka. If using, be certain to measure it out carefully. More than the suggested 1 1⁄2 ounces of vodka and the gelatin won't set up.
Finally, don't save these for Halloween. Minus the vodka, this is a perfectly kid-friendly after-school snack any day of the year.
Chef Sara Moulton is a contributing writer to the Associated Press.
Jiggly Orange Wedges
Time: 4 hours 20 minutes (20 minutes active)
3 navel oranges
2 juice oranges (such as Valencia)
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 1⁄2 ounces vodka (optional)
Cut all 5 oranges in half crosswise, then carefully juice them. Do not crush the skins of the navel oranges. Strain the juice through a mesh colander, then measure out 1 3⁄4 cups.
Carefully scrape out and discard the pulp from the navel orange halves to form 6 half shells. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine 1⁄4 cup of the juice with the gelatin. Set aside for 5 minutes to let the gelatin dissolve. Heat the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin is dissolved and the mixture is clear, for 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in the remaining juice and the vodka, if using. Transfer the liquid to a measuring cup or small pitcher to make it easy to pour.
Arrange the orange shells, cut side up, in muffin tins or ramekins (to keep them upright). Divide the mixture among the shells, filling them halfway. Set the muffin tin in the refrigerator, then finish filling the oranges. Depending on the size of your oranges, you may only be able to fill 5 shells.
Cover the filled shells with plastic wrap and chill until firm, for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight. Cut each half into 3 wedges before serving.
Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition information per serving (not including vodka): 35 calories (7 calories from fat), 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 2 grams protein, 7 grams carbohydrates, 0 dietary fiber, 0 sodium
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers sign former ACC Player of the Year Boyd for QB depth
- Mother, baby found dead in Millvale apartment
- Polamalu could be next in long line of Steelers greats given unceremonial exit
- Pittsburgh firefighters agree to 4-year contract
- Rossi: Kang would benefit from less attention
- Wolf reverses Corbett, says deal between Highmark, UPMC doesn’t limit continuity of care to very ill
- Search for bomb turns up nothing at Kittanning school
- Pirates pitcher Locke fighting for 5th spot in starting rotation
- Weather continues to cause crashes, public transportation delays
- Penguins’ Lovejoy embracing defensive pairing with Pouliot
- Heidelberg bar shut down for not paying drink tax