Thursday, April 09, 2020

Ambrosia (AKA "The Pink Stuff")

Remember this pink stuff?  That's what we called it when we were kids. My brother and I used to pick out the marshmallows and cherries and leave the rest. My Mom never made Ambrosia but it was always on our holiday table.  A friend would bring it for Easter dinner. A coworker would bring it to the company picnic. The in-laws would bring it for Christmas and Thanksgiving an the neighbors would bring it to potluck. It used to just show up at every gathering. It still does!   But the Ambrosia I make today is very different from the old recipes that used mayonnaise or Miracle Whip. This is the modern day pink stuff!


Ambrosia (AKA "The Pink Stuff")

1 (8 oz.) tub of whipped topping, thawed
1 cup sour cream
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1 (15 oz.) can mandarin orange segments
1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1 (10 oz.) jar of maraschino cherry halves
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 cup red or green seedless grapes, sliced in half (optional)

The most important step in making Ambrosia is to drain your fruit. I don't mean just put your hand over the can and allow some juices to run through. I mean dump it all out in a colander and let it drain in the sink for at least 3-4 hours. There is nothing worse than wet and soggy Ambrosia.

 In a medium bowl, combine whipped topping and sour cream. Add in coconut flakes and marshmallows. Then gently fold in the crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries and grapes and nuts, if using. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

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  1. Haven't had this in many years. Seeing this made me want some. So I will try it with the sour cream and Kool Whip instead of Miracle Whip. Thanks for reminding me and I will let you know how it turns out. Good tip about draining the fruit well. I can remember it always being too soggy the next day. This will help. Thanks for all the tips you give. Just love you!!!!

  2. My Mom makes a simplified version of this. Its just 1 can Crushed Pineapple 1 can Mandarin Oranges 1 bag Mini Marshmellows and 1 8oz container of Sour Cream. She calls it Heavenly Hash i used to not like it but now that im married and with my husband on my own i ended up calling her to find out what was in it!!

  3. I love these types of salads, and they really do not contain very much fat. I am definitely going to be making this one.


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