Also known as Frog's Eye Salad. Frog what? Eyes? No thank you.
Alas, not a frog one was harmed in the making of this Instructable.
Tiny little pieces of pasta, somewhat comparable to tapioca, plenty of
whipped topping, Summertime fruits and tropical surprises are hiding
in this light and fruity 'salad'.
Acini Di Pepe is said to be Italian for 'peppercorns'. Alas, I am not Italian, and cannot confirm.
You might compare this dessert to something along the lines of a
Watergate Salad, only without nuts and pudding. Watergate Salad has
been around longer than most of us. As a child, just the thought of
canned pineapple made me cringe, because it meant Mom was fixing
coleslaw. Suffice it to say I would agree to suffer before I voluntarily ate
such a thing.
With a grown-up palate, and a bit of a twist on the recipe, I'm giving it
another shot. Thank you, Mary Whitt, for introducing me to this recipe more
than twenty years ago.
For a fun twist, be sure to check out fellow member Mygibzone's Instructable:
I love it!
Step 1: Help! I can't find Acini Di Pepe!
But no need to worry, we have other options.
Acini Di Pepe is sold by several companies. Oddly, you may find it by one
name brand with holes in the middle of it. Another is the standard whole, yet
tiny pasta with which I am familiar. I was not happy to find the only Acini in
our area had holes in it, but trust me, once it is cooked, you'll never know.
Your tongue isn't going to detect that teeny little hole.
Here are a few companies that produce Acini or similar pasta:
RONZONI - PASTINA 12 oz. box
ARCHER FARMS (*Organic)
RAVARINO & FRESCHI
Don't give up. It is out there. Somewhere.