1 pkg (6-oz) strawberry gelatin
1 brick (8-oz) cream cheese, cubed
1 carton (8-oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
Mandarin oranges for garnish, if desired
Drain pears; reserve juice. Chop pears and set aside.
Add enough water to pear juice to make 3 cups; place in saucepan and bring to a boil. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the gelatin, stirring until completely dissolved. Whisk in the cream cheese until smooth. Refrigerate until slightly thickened. Remove from refrigerator and whisk in the whipped topping until smooth. Fold in the chopped pears and transfer to a 9 x 13-inch glass dish. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
To serve, cut into squares and garnish each square with a mandarin orange slice, if desired.
Yield: 12 or 16 servings
This is an old recipe I have had for years.