Yes, it's jello in a fruit rind. Aren't they cute? I brought these along to a picnic last weekend. Ben was at grandma's house and I was feeling giddy at the notion of spending a summer day hanging out exclusively with grown-ups. They're bright and cheerful with a subtle kick. Funny enough, that description perfectly describes my picnicking pals. Hey Jen and Stefani, what up?
Putting jello in a fruit rind freaks people out at first, but it's all in good fun. I made both orange and lemon jello slices and my fellow picnickers declared both good but lemon their favorite, thanks to the sour kick you get at the end by biting into the part close to the peel. Or maybe it was the booze talking. Guess I'll never know.
Jello Shots (for Grown-Ups)
As seen in the July/August issue of Food Network magazine, but I added the vodka. :)
2 boxes orange gelatin
2 boxes lemon gelatin
1 cup vodka
2 cups boiling water
Cut the fruits in half and carefully scoop out the pulp, leaving just the intact rind half that will serve as a gelatin bowl. Be careful not to dig too deep or hard to get the pulp out as you don't want to pierce the peel. Set the rinds in a muffin tin and set aside.
Starting with the orange gelatin, in a small saucepan mix the two boxes of orange gelatin with one cup of boiling water. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add 1/2 cup of vodka to the gelatin, stir, then pour into the orange rinds. Pop the muffin tin in the fridge as you prep the lemon gelatin. Rinse out the saucepan and repeat with the lemon gelatin. Refrigerate the filled rinds for at least 3 hours or overnight.
When you are ready to serve, take the rinds out of the fridge and cut them into wedges. You may need to trim the edges up a bit so they look even. Serve and let the fun begin.