Thursday, December 15, 2011

Grasshopper Pie

A grasshopper walks into a bar, takes a seat.

The bartender says, "Hey, did you know there's a drink named after you?"

The grasshopper says, "There's a drink named Steve?!?"

The other day I found myself with a lot to do in a little amount of time. Among a million other things, I needed to quickly make a pie in the morning that wouldn't be served until a social engagement in the later evening, so I came up with a yummy minty chocolaty creation that only took about a half an hour to make. I have will admit, though, that it's pretty much a throw-a-bunch-of-prepackaged-ingredients-together pie - haute cuisine this is not. But, unless you're cooking for The Culinary Institute, any friends you serve this to will be pleasantly receptive to this pie.

Grasshopper Pie
**It's called Grasshopper Pie because it's chocolate and mint, and someone, somewhere, once decided that all things chocolate-mint are to be described as grasshopper. I have yet to figure out the exact relationship between mint and grasshoppers, unless you consider that grasshoppers are green and so are minty-flavored things (sometimes), but that seems silly, because why not give some love to other green-colored animals? Lizard Pie? Anaconda Pie?


1 package Philadelphia cream cheese
~20 Keebler grasshopper cookies (you can substitute Mint Oreos if those are more readily available)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
Peppermint extract or peppermint liqueur if desired (I used Boulaine creme de menthe)
1 package instant chocolate Jello pudding
1 cup cold milk
9-in chocolate graham cracker pie crust

Grasshopper Pie ingredients

How To
Begin by crushing the cookies into crumbs (I found that breaking them up inside a Ziplock baggie works well). Then mix together the cream cheese, sugar, cookie crumbs and cream. Add a splash or two of the extract or liqueur (but pick one, and a little goes a long way.) Pour the mixture into the pie crust.

Bottom layer

Then, make the Jello pudding, but don't make it according to the directions on the box - use about 3/4 to 1 cup of milk to mix with the pudding powder. Add a splash or two of mint extract or liqueur (again, a little goes a long way), and stir until smooth. Gently pour the pudding over the bottom layer of the pie and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Top layer

A classier chef than I would probably add decorative things like whipped cream dollops and/or candy pieces to the top of the pie,  but I unfortunately was not able to be that creative due to time constraints. Nonetheless, it was still a delightful minty treat for all!

A slice of Grasshopper Pie

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