Everyone has at least one go-to recipe when they're called upon to contribute to a potluck or family dinner. One of the holiday traditions in my family is Watergate Salad. My mom started making this in the 70's, and I just can't eat a holiday meal without it. She still takes it to all her occasions, and I use it quite often myself. Today's occasion is Jorge's company Thanksgiving potluck lunch. And one of us will make it next week, I assure you. There are quite a few variations of the recipe out there, so no doubt you're probably already familiar with it. Mom has had it for so long that neither of us know where it came from in the first place. And before you ask, we don't know why it is called Watergate Salad. Once, someone asked that question and Mom said, "Maybe because there are so many nuts in it." I don't know; that one may only be funny when you hear her say it. Anyway, here it is.
1 large package Pistachio Instant Pudding
1-16 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained (reserve liquid)
1-9 oz. carton Cool Whip
1 c miniature marshmallows
1/2 c pecans, chopped
Mix 5-6 Tbsp pineapple juice with pudding mix. Add drained pineapple. Add Cool Whip and mix well. Stir in marshmallows. Top with pecans. Cover and refrigerate several hours before serving.
Now, to be perfectly honest with you, I don't measure the pecans. Just put the amount that looks good to you. And if 5 or 6 Tbsp of juice doesn't seem to be enough, I add more. This is not rocket science. Trying to take a good picture of it is, however. I took several pictures, and none of them look like anything. But, I'm relatively sure that most people know what it looks like. And those who don't, will figure out it when they mix it together.
|This is a picture from Thanksgiving. |
Still not the greatest picture, but at least you can see what it looks like.
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Until next time, Happy Cooking! : )
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