Monday, April 13, 2009

Watergate Salad

The sound of a new contest called: "Everything Old Is New Again..." got me thinking of all the old recipes my Granny and I sat around and copied.                                                                    

  So, I got out the little recipe book  I made in honor of my grandmother   
and looked at some of her reipces. How are these for names and which one should I choose? 
Kauai Banana Bread
Pig Licken Cake 
Miracle Cheesecake
Chess Pie
E-Z Good Pie
Soda Cracker Pie
Champagne Salad
Hot Company Cabbage
Millionaire Salad
Nine-Day Cole Slaw
7-Up Salad
and the one I am doing or should I say re-doing is: 'Watergate Salad'.
Most of these recipes are from the late 60's and 70's.
Wanted to find out how this salad got it's name, so I googled it and found this web site:

I thought it would be a kick to bring this recipe back out, as I have not had it since the 80's and as I bought the ingredients, I laughed at the recipe on the back of the 'Dole' pineapple can. Yep, there it was the Watergate Salad recipe! So, I guess it's not so out-of-date, but I am entering it because I would like my children to try it and see what they think.

How I changed the recipe just a bit:
 'Watergate Salad'

Drain a can of 20-ounce size can of crushed pineapple and save the juice.
Start whipping up: 1 cup heavy whip cream, whip up until almost stiff, can add 1-2 tablespoons powered sugar. (Although it doesn't need the extra sugar.)
Add to this: 1 package (4-serving size) pistachio instant pudding.
Fold in the pineapple and start adding at least 1/2 cup of pineapple juice, to make sure pudding is not too thick.
Fold in 1 cup mini marshmallows and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Mix this until well blended.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour and serve.

The orginal recipe from Granny's book:
 Watergate Salad
1 package (4-serving size) pistachio instant pudding (today's pudding mix has almonds, what no pistachios?)
1 carton thawed non-diary whipped topping (8 ounces)
1 can crushed pineapple, it said medium size which is the 20 ounce size with juice
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup nuts

Mix dry pudding with whipped cream. Add pineapple and juice, marshmalllows and nuts. Chill at least 1 hour and serve.

Yeah, the kiddos like it!!!!


Jamie said...

OH MY!! I love this! Brilliant! I so wish I had that list of recipes. They are soooo 60's and 70's and I am laughing out loud. I say you should bring them ALL back!

This Watergate Salad sounds so, um, like what we would eat growing up. But I loved pistachio pudding and my dad probably would have used Cool Whip here.

You deserve a prize for this! And thanks for the shout out!

Rachel Page said...

I love this recipe, I add in a little bit of coconut.