With St. Patrick's Day on the horizon, it is time to break out some 'green' recipes. I have a funny story about this one. It was a favorite dessert that my mom made when I was a kid. I took the recipe with me to college, and tried to replicate it. I did not know what crème de menthe was, and thought I could substitute mint extract. Now, the recipe calls for FOUR tablespoons of crème de menthe. That's basically an entire bottle of mint extract. As you might imagine, it was quite inedible! I called my mom afterwards, and she laughed and explained that crème de menthe was a liquor. I wasn't 21 yet, so the recipe was set aside for a while.
Never fear, readers. This is actually a very easy recipe, assuming you know the difference between crème de menthe and mint extract!
Crust - 1 1/4 cup chocolate wafer crumbs and 1/3 cup melted butter (or just use a store bought crust if you don't want to mess with this).
24 large marshmallows
1/2 cup milk
1 package of Dream Whip, prepared
4 tbsp. crème de menthe
For the crust, mix and press into a buttered pie plate.
For the filling, dissolve marshmallows in hot milk over a double broiler. Cool. Prepare Dream Whip and add crème de menthe. If desired, add extra green food coloring at this point. Combine the two mixtures and pour in crust. Top with crème de menthe chocolate pieces and freeze.
It was fun to share this with the boys, as they loved it every bit as much as I did as a kid.
Readers, do you have any funny cooking mistakes you'd like to share?