2 tablespoons sugar
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 lemon juice
1/2 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, cubed and softened
1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
6 medium cucumbers
1/4 cup snipped parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
In medium saucepan combine sugar, unflavored gelatin, and salt; stir in the water. Cook and stir till gelatin is dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice. Measure 3/4 cup mixture; chill till partially set. Arrange cucumber sliced in bottom of 6 1/2 cup ring mold; pour the partially set gelatin over cucumbers. Chill till almost firm. Meanwhile, beat remaining hot gelatine mixture into cream cheese with rotary beater till mixture is smooth. Beat in mayonnaise or salad dressing. Halve the 6 cucumbers and scrape out seeds; grind with fine blade of food grinder, or finely shed. Measure 2 cups drained ground cucumber. Fold into cream cheese-gelatin mixture along with parsley and onion. Pour over almost-firm gelatin in mold. Chill till firm. Unmold onto salad greens, or trip plate with watercress, if desired. Fill center of ring mold with cherry tomatoes, if desired. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
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