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Luau Centerpiece Recipe

Luau Centerpiece Recipe

We couldn't wait to dig into this centerpiece at our Hawaiian Luau theme parties.—Carol Wakley, North East, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:1 servings


  • 4 packages (3 ounces each) berry blue gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 medium unpeeled potatoes
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 4 medium green peppers
  • Strawberries, grapes, and chunks of honeydew, cantaloupe, star fruit and pineapple
  • 1 whole pineapple


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water. Pour into an 8-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set.
  • 2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise for base of palm trees. Make a hole in the uncut side of potato halves that's large enough to hold a carrot; set aside. For tree trunks, use a sharp knife to make a thin petal-shaped cut on one side of each carrot toward the bottom, leaving slice attached. Rotate carrot a quarter turn and make another cut. Repeat one or two more times around carrot. Make another series of cuts about 1-1/2 in. above first set. Make a third series of cuts about 1-1/2 in. above second set. Insert carrots into potatoes.
  • 3. For palm leaves, cut tops off green peppers and remove seeds (discard tops or save for another use). Make deep V-shape cuts around bottom edge of pepper. Place a pepper on top of each carrot; secure with toothpicks.
  • 4. Thread fruit onto wooden skewers; insert into whole pineapple. Unmold gelatin ring and place on a 19-in. x 12-in. platter. Place whole pineapple in center of gelatin, and palm trees and any additional chunks of fruit around gelatin. Yield: 1 centerpiece.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 309 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 193 mg sodium, 73 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 8 g protein.