2 – Minute Tropical Pie!

This is a fun little dessert that is so quick and easy a child could make it!  As a matter of fact, it’s a perfect recipe to turn over to the children.  With a little help in chopping a few of the ingredients, and a little adult supervision, the kids can prepare the dessert for dinner!  They will be so proud of their creation!  
I adapted this recipe from an original recipe published by Mr. Food!  I always loved watching Mr. Food and his quick and easy recipes.  I have a lot of his cookbooks and his way of delivering a recipe on TV was always soothing to me.  I think his appeal was that he made anyone believe they could prepare his dishes.  He wasn’t afraid of some convenience items and he limited the amount of ingredients in a recipe.  Mr. Food knew that some folks needed something simpler and he delivered it.   It’ s a good lesson to take a note from and one I sometimes forget.  RIP Mr. Food, I miss you, but your wonderful recipes live on!
It’s called 2 – minute pie, because it literally takes about 2 minutes to prepare.  Now that is not exact and depends on how fast you move in the kitchen, so please don’t time yourself and write me comments that it actually took 2 minutes and 47 seconds or some other such nonsense…lol.   I know most of you think I am kidding, but you would not believe some of the comments I get…lol.  Any who, here is what you will need:
1 prepared graham cracker pie crust or shortbread pie crust
1 (20 oz.) can of crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (3.5 oz.) box of instant vanilla pudding
1 (3.5 oz.) box of instant lemon pudding (can use another vanilla or white chocolate is good also if you like a less tart flavor)
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup flaked coconut, divided
1/2 cup nuts, chopped  pecans or walnuts  (optional)
1/2 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped (optional)
whole maraschino cherries for garnish
whipped cream for garnish
Mix the crushed pineapple  with is juices and pudding mixes together until the puddings have dissolved and then add the sour cream in and stir until smooth. Be sure you buy the INSTANT PUDDING, not the cook and serve, it will not work in this.   Stir in 1/2 cup of the coconut, nuts and chopped cherries. 
Pour into prepared crust.
Top with the other 1/2 cup of coconut and a few whole maraschino cherries.  Chill for at least 2 – 3 hours before serving!  

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