Remember To Make Memories At The Table

Remember To Make Memories At The Table

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Frozen Margarita Pie

Yep, any excuse for a party. Living in Victoria Gardens is like a 24/7 summer camp. My son likes to say that we party like a bunch of college students who don't have to wake up for class. Yep. We earned it.

Aside from the usual parties...The Christmas Crawl, New Year's Eve (Akvavit, anyone?), Cinco de Mayo, monthly Birthdays, we attend or host a Taco Party, It's May Party, It's Only 80 Degrees Party ;) and the latest....Lime Pickin' Party. Yep.

Got an invite....The Limes are ready for Picking, so bring a basket. We will provide the pizza and dessert. Bring what you drink.
The Host Couple, John and Felicia, have a unique citrus tree. As I mentioned in my post Lime Cookies this tree produces limes, lemons and honey bell oranges alternating every 4 months. Just-way cool. So it's lime season and a great reason to have a party.

I couldn't pass up trying out a new recipe. Any excuse, right? So what to bring, what to bring? Hmmm made Lime Cookies for a Taco Party, so I don't want to repeat. Finger snap! Margarita, anyone? I just happened to have Bacardi Margarita Mixer in my freezer. I used the basis of a popular Lemonade Pie recipe and combined it with cream cheese to give it more body....okay and more calories.

This frozen pie is perfect for a hot, summer evening party. The Margarita mixer is lime-tangy-sweet. If you want an easy dessert that's creamy and very refreshing, this is the one. It will not disappoint the adult palate.

I hear there's a frozen Mai Tai Daiquiri mix....Luau, anyone? Yep.

**tips: this is a simple pie to make, but it does need some prep thought. The night before-put mixer bowl, beater(s), can of condensed milk in refrigerator. Whipped topping should be thawed, but kept as cold as possible. Keep Margarita mix in freezer until ready to use. Doing this will keep the filling from becoming liquidy. FOLD in whipped not stir or mix briskly. Once pie crust is filled, cover with plastic wrap and freeze at least five hours or overnight. Great make-ahead dessert. You can use any flavor frozen concentrate-lemonade, limeade, orange, strawberry, pina colada, etc.

Quick Update: The pie got rave reviews! Not a crumb left on the plate. The Lime Pickin' Party was lots of fun with much laughter and good-natured teasing. We will be doing it again in lemon pickin' season!

Frozen Margarita Pie

1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14oz) can sweetened, condensed milk
6 oz. frozen Bacardi Margarita mixer
12 oz frozen whipped topping
2 drops green food color (optional)

Pie crust:
Graham cracker pie crust, ready made
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbs sugar
5 1/2 Tbs butter, melted

To make pie crust: In a bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until combined. Pour into a 9inch pie plate and press mixture firmly along the bottom and sides of plate. Bake 7-8 minutes in a 350 degree oven, then chill before filling. OR don't bake and chill for 1 hour.

Put softened cream cheese into the cold mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add condensed milk and Margarita mixer and just mix until combined. By hand, fold in whipped topping and food coloring. Once combined, pour into graham cracker pie crust. Cover in plastic wrap and freeze.
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