As I was asking my mom about frog eye salad last week she got a twinkle in her eye and said “I’m gong to start making it tomorrow for Easter!” I’ll admit, I never liked frog eye salad as a kid, despite being intrigued by its name. I didn’t like marshmallows (sounds like someone I gave birth to) so I always let the salad pass right by me at family gatherings. I finally gave it a chance in my 20’s and while it’s a crazy combination of ingredients, there’s a certain familiarity and comfort to it and this past Easter it was the perfect ending to our turkey dinner.
Curious about frog eye salad or looking for a recipe to try it yourself? I have my mom’s version that’s older than me and quite delicious (I’m also feeling highly rebellious and considering making a few modifications of my own.)
Cook the Acini until al dente, drain and place in a large bowl.
While the Acini cooks, combine the following in a heavy saucepan, cook and stir until thickened.
1 cup sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 3/4 cup pineapple juice
2 T flour
2 beaten eggs
Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and place in the fridge overnight.
In the morning add the following to the pasta and sauce, stir together well:
1 – 20 oz can of crushed pineapple (drained, juice used for sauce)
1 – 20 oz can of pineapple pieces (drained, juice used for sauce)
2 cups mandarin oranges
10 oz package mini marshmallows
1 – 9 oz tub of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
(optional, coconut and/or cherries (or anything else really))
Once everything is combined, chill for a few hours and serve.
Resist the urge to eat it all.
Ready to get started? 1 of 6Technically it's Acini de Pepe, but we've called it Anceni forever and ever. Acini is Italian for "peppercorn" but it's Mullins for "Frog Eye."
Saucy 2 of 6The night before you plan to eat your Acini, make the sauce until it's thickened and bubbly, pour it over your cooked acini pasta.
Good night! 3 of 6When you put it into the fridge for the night it will look like this, overnight the pasta will soak up the sauce.
Good morning! 4 of 6After the pasta has soaked up all the sauce. Now it's time to add all the treats.
Final touch. 5 of 6After adding the pineapple bits, mandarin oranges and marshmallows, add the COOL WHIP. Let it sit in the fridge again for a few hours so the marshmallows have the chance to soak up the remaining juice and COOL WHIP.
Ready to eat! 6 of 6A traditional staple of our family dinner table. It's like fluffy comfort food.
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