The holidays are in full swing and that means gathering with family and friends to share a festive meal that might include Ambrosia. Wylie Growl’s student guest chef, Wylie senior Cadee Powers, shares her recipe for Ambrosia – the quick and easy fruit salad that pairs well with any holiday meal.
Ambrosia by Cadee Powers
Began culinary arts classes: 2021
Why did you select the recipe you prepared?
It’s something that’s been served at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter for as long as I can remember.
Tell me a little bit about your interest in cooking.
I’ve had an interest in cooking for a long time.
What have you learned from being in culinary classes?
I’ve learned a lot of new information from being in culinary classes. To name a few things: proper cleaning skills, how to handle a knife correctly, and how to work better with my peers.
Recipe created by Cadee Powers
1 (20 oz) Can of Crushed Pineapple
1 (16 oz) Jar of Maraschino Cherries
1 (15 oz) Can of Mandarin Oranges
4 oz of Cream Cheese
1 Container of Cool Whip
1/2 Cup Pecans
1 Package of Mini Marshmallows
1 Box of Cherry Jello
1/8 Cup of Sugar
- Use a strainer to thoroughly drain the maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges, and pineapple chunks. Cut each piece of fruit in half and set aside
- In a bowl, use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Slowly add the sugar until combined.
- Add the thawed cool whip and marshmallows to the cream cheese mixture. Fold in with a spatula until completely combined.
- Add the maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges, and pineapple. Fold with a spatula until combined.
- Fold in pecans.
- Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
FUN FACT: Cadee’s recipe is a creative twist of her family’s recipe and an online recipe she used to create her own Ambrosia recipe.
Photos by K. Johnson