Ah, ambrosia, that Southern fruit salad that’s actually more like dessert. Brings back memories. This recipe will make you forget all about any other fluffy fruit concoctions.
Ah, ambrosia. Brings back memories, don’t it? As author James Farmer recalls, “I remember reading in middle school literature that the gods on Mount Olympus feasted on nectar and ambrosia. This puzzled me because we were just Southern folks in a small town in Georgia and had ambrosia all the time. What was so special about this deity diet? If we ate it, it couldn’t be all that special, right?” He goes on to reminisce that whether ambrosia should have marshmallows or not is up to debate in the South, as is whether ambrosia should be just citrus and pineapple or if apples are allowed. Don’t even get a Southerner started on whether nuts have a place in ambrosia. These are things you’re just going to have to contend with using your own common sense and personal preference. As for Farmer, he takes the stance that “ambrosia is perfect any way,” which is oh so cordial of him, although we’re partial to his recipe that follows.–Renee Schettler Rossi
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 2 H, 30 M
- Serves 8 to 10
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Two 7-ounce jars grapefruit, drained (one regular grapefruit, one ruby red if available)
- Two 11-ounce jars Mandarin oranges, drained
- Two 15.25- to 20-ounce cans pineapple tidbits or chunks, drained
- One 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained and halved
- 2 smallish apples (preferably one green and one red), chopped
- 1 cup lightly salted pecans, chopped and toasted
- 1 heaping cup miniature marshmallows
- 1 heaping cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1. If you have the time, chill a glass or metal bowl or the bowl for your stand mixer for at least 30 minutes. Then add the heavy cream, sour cream, and sugar to the bowl and beat with an electric mixer or your stand mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
- 2. Ever so gently fold the grapefruit, mandarin oranges, pineapple, cherries, apples, pecans, marshmallows, and coconut into the whipped cream mixture. For the best taste, cover and let the flavors of the ambrosia come together in the fridge for at least a couple hours or overnight.
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Ambrosia Recipe © 2015 James Farmer. Photo © 2015 Kristen Scott. All rights reserved.
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