Macaroni Kid Recipe: Pomegranate Gelatin Dessert

This Delicious Side Dish will Steal the Show this Thanksgiving

By Sarah Hauge, Publisher, Macaroni Kid, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial November 14, 2017

While turkey will forever be the star of Thanksgiving dinner, new and exciting side dishes are making their way up the ranks. One such side dish that has been a critical part of my family's traditional Thanksgiving meal as far as I can remember is Pomegranate Gelatin Dessert. Enjoyed by kids and adults alike, Pomegranate Gelatin Dessert is the perfect addition to your traditional feast because it's easy to make, doesn't take up valuable oven space, and is downright delicious!

Pomegranate Gelatin Dessert

  • Raspberry Jell-o
  • Water
  • Pomegranate(s) - Use 1 for a small box of Jell-o or 2 for a large box of Jell-o
  1. De-seed your pomegranate(s). Additional instructions and images are below.
  2. Prepare Jell-o as instructed on the box.
  3. Add pomegranate seeds to the jello.
  4. Cool in your refrigerator until gelatin is set.

For best results: Stir the gelatin dessert every 45 minutes to an hour to make sure pomegranate seeds are evenly distributed throughout the dessert.

How do you remove the seeds from a pomegranate? 

While there are many ways to de-seed a pomegranate, our favorite trick is the "Wooden Spoon Method."

  • Start by slicing a slit all around the perimeter of the pomegranate.
  • Gently open the pomegranate. *Note, pomegranate juice may stain, so be prepared for mess clean up.
  • Put the fleshy part in the palm of your hand and hold it over a large bowl.
  • Firmly smack the pomegranate with a wooden spoon. You'll feel the seeds plop into your hand.
  • Once the seeds are out, place them in a bowl of water. Any extra white fleshy part that fell into the bowl will rise to the top of the water and you can skim it out.
  • Drain excess water, and voila! Seeds are ready to eat!