Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Food of the Gods

The second sidedish that I know you've been waiting in suspense for (relax, the wait is over!) is ambrosia, which literally translates to "food of the gods." If you've ever had it, you know that it's a sweet, light, and fruity side — not to mention a little unusual looking and old school. But delicious nonetheless!

Ambrosia is something I equate with family poolside BBQs at my grandparents' house — a dish that my late Aunt Patti always brought. When I was asked to bring it to our annual August birthdays party this past weekend, I knew I had to do her proud! There are many variations, but I started with a recipe from Alton Brown and made my own adjustments from there.

Ambrosia (about 6 servings)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. sugar
4 oz. sour cream
6 oz. mini marshmallows, approximately 3 cups
1 cup mandarin oranges, drained and chopped in half
1 cup fresh or canned pineapple, chopped somewhat
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, toasted in the oven and chopped
1/2 cup drained maraschino cherries (or more — they're my fav part!), chopped in halves or quarters

  • Put the cream and sugar into a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form (use whisk attachments). Add the sour cream and whisk just to combine. 
  • Add the marshmallows, orange, pineapple, coconut, pecans, and cherries, and stir to combine. 
  • Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
Aunt Patti, we miss you always!


  1. By far the best I ever had. Real cream.

  2. Loved it--just like Aunt Pat's...you've done her proud!

  3. Wonderful website Danielle. Sorry I didn't see it sooner! Wonderful tribute to our Patti. As your Mom said back in 2010...."you've done her proud!" Amen!! Keep up the good work! Your amazing!! :)


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