Yup! you read right, Frog Eye Salad is not really frog eyes but Acini de peppi pasta cooked up and served with pineapple, mandrain oranges, whipping cream and marshmallows. This salad just has a weird name not sure why all I know is it taste really good and family members fight over it.
This is a family recipe that has been handed down a few generations and is always on the table when the family gets together. This does make a rather large batch but you can cut the recipe in half for smaller portion and it does keep well in the refrigerator for several days. Usually it does not last that long at our house. In fact family members are always asking to take some home.
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup pineapple juice from drained pineapple
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Combine sugar, flour, salt. stir in pineapple juice and eggs. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Add lemon juice and cool to room temperature. Cook 1 pkg. Acini de Peppi pasta according to box directions. Acini de Peppi is usually found in the pasta isle on the top shelf of the grocery store. Drain and rinse with cold water when pasta has been cooked.
Combine the egg mixture and Acini de Peppi and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight. Next morning ADD:
3 – 11 oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
2 – 20oz. cans crushed pineapple, drained use this juice for dressing above
2 cups whipping cream, whipped
2 cups miniature marshmallows
Mix everything together and chill. Remember this makes a really large batch of Frog Eye Salad so make sure your bowl to mix in is big enough.
Now I have seen some alterations where grapes have been added but my family prefers Frog Eye Salad without grapes.
Serving Frog Eye Salad is also a conversational salad in that people creep out thinking it is really frog eyes you are serving. I remember my first encounter with this salad and my reaction was No Way am I eating frog eyes but as soon as I found out what was in it I am usually first in line to get some. Also, if your significant other, or other family member does not like mayonnaise, be sure to tell them there is no mayo in this salad. My husband refused to eat it for decades because he thought it had mayonnaise in it but once I told him the white stuff was whipped cream he started joining in the family tradition of eating Frog Eye Salad at every family event.
So this summer, if you want to impress your family members or going to a party make sure you take some Frog Eye Salad and watch the reactions you get when other party goers hear the name. Some times it can be priceless to say the least.
Tomorrow, I think I will write a couple of slaw recipes that are really good so until tomorrow – Think Spring and Farmers Market.