Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grama's Green Stuff: A Recipe for Easter (or any other holiday)

The women in my family, at least my maternal side, do not cook.  (I am the exception and sometimes I think that my love of cooking was born out of necessity.)  My mother could burn soup, turn eggs green, and make "slumgullion," which I believe is Crazyspeak for "something that tastes so awful your body will trick you into thinking you're full just so you won't have to eat it." (Note: several dictionaries define slumgullion as "a watery meat stew." That is not the slumgullion we had growing up.  We had very little to eat and a house of nine, sometimes ten, to feed, so slumgullion was code for taking anything left in the fridge and/or freezer -- including condiments -- and mixing it in a large pot so that it looked like gruel to feed 10 people.)  My grandmother's specialty seemed to be mac-n-cheese (yum!) and chicken nuggets.  I do have to give these women some credit.  My mother made excellent chocolate chip cookies about once a year and she could make a mean enchilada casserole too.  Grama made excellent applesauce, rhubarb sauce, fried mushrooms, and...Green Stuff.

Grama's Green Stuff was -- is -- famous, at least in our family.  No holiday is complete without it.  And while some people say that it's "lime jello salad" or something along those lines, I silence all the blasphemers with a haughty glare.  It. Is. Not. Jello. Salad.  I hate jello and I love fruit but I am not a fan of anything that is fruity but smothered in some unknown, non-kosher gelatinous substance.  Grama's Green Stuff, however, is another matter.  When I got married, I asked for two things from Grama, things that only she could give: the recipe for Green Stuff, and a set of "wise guys" (more about that during the winter holiday season).  I got both things.  That's how I knew Grama loved me.

I know that my grandmother probably found this recipe in some 1950s magazine, just like she found her other standbys (beef stroganoff, for example -- the nostalgia of this recipe almost makes me wish I still ate beef).  But she did what she always does and added a bit of a twist of her own.  It's so good -- you've no idea.  Go ahead.  Try it.

Pour into a large stock pot:
1lb bag of mini marshmallows
2 c. milk

Heat over medium heat.  Stir constantly with wooden spoon.  When hot, add:

6oz package lime jello
16oz cream cheese
2 cans (15oz each) crushed pineapple (one can drained, one with liquid)

When cool, blend in:

12oz. Cool Whip
1 1/3 c. mayo (Best Foods/Hellman's)

Mix until well blended, put in dish (usually a 13"x9" and then a smaller dish for a bit of excess) and chill overnight.

As my Grama said, "Serves as many as you'd like."

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  1. That looks amazing! I would never have thought to put those ingredients together and I can't imagine what it would taste like! Maybe I'll just have to try it!!!!

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    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Thank you for this recipe! I wasn't able to get one from my grandmother and this is the next best thing!

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  4. Hi Marie~

    Grama's Green Stuff sounds like a recipe I would like to try!! So when I serve it to my family & they ask what it is, I will say "Marie's Grama's Green Stuff" :) Thanks for linking to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week, looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

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