Acini de pepe Fruit Salad with vanilla pudding. Let’s pay a visit to a beautiful country of Italia, where you can find so many beautiful sights of the buildings, the people, and of course, the foods. Talking about Italy, we must be familiar with the city of Venice, where you can find many canals surrounding it. Besides being known as the ‘City of Canals’, the undeniable beauty of the settings and the artworks makes Venice become one of Europe’s most romantic cities.
As well as Venice, Italian pasta also becomes the symbol of romance. Well, probably because pasta is easy to cook. We do not need to spend a lot of time, a lot of energy, and it does not require a sophisticated skill to make it. So, you yourself can prepare it for a romantic feast with your loved one. You can choose any pasta that you like. Kinds of pasta like tagliatelle, fettuccine, lasagna, tortellini, agnolotti, pine, or spaghetti are available worldwide since the number of pasta lovers is getting bigger and bigger. Yes, not only pasta, Italian food has become one the most wanted cuisines. Many people love pizza, spaghetti, fettuccine, ravioli, or panna cotta. All of them are heavenly delicious.
Italian pasta is various. The most famous types of pasta are the long cut and bronze cut pasta such as spaghetti, fettucine,tortellini, or penne. Actually, Italian pasta is also available in soup cut. It is small, so it can be easily scooped. One example of soup-cut pasta is acini di pepe. Acini di pepe is categorized as a soup-cut pasta because of the small size. The size is approximately 2 to 3 mm only. Since it is small, people also call it peppercorns. Acini di pepe is commonly found in soup. Like any other pastas, it is also made of durum wheat and water. Durum wheat is used because it is a good source of gluten which characterize the firm texture of pasta.
Though it is commonly used for soup, acini di pepe works good for salad. One good combination of this pasta and salad is frog eye salad. The combination is really unique since we never find pasta and salad come together in one plate. This salad is called that way because the pasta used is the granule one. The grains really resemble frog eyes. The ingredients for frog eye salad is basically the same. It is meant to be sweet fruit salad. This small salad will be combined with marshmallows, pineapple, and mandarin orange. Sometimes people add shredded coconut to add the taste. Maraschino cherries will best suit as the topping. For the salad dressing, people use frozen whipped topping.
The Tips of Acini di Pepe Fruit Salad
Like the other pastas, the texture of acini di pepe pasta determine the overall taste of the frog eye salad. The best texture of pasta should be firm or al dente. To make all dente pasta, we need to consider the boiling process. We should boil this pasta with plenty of salted water in a large pot. Then, remove from the water and drain it as soon as possible. But, make sure that it is not completely dry. As a tip, boiling time of acini di pepe is mostly 9 minutes.
The Recipe of Acini di Pepe Fruit Salad
After we get the al dente acini di pepe, we add it to a mixture of fruit juice. So before you add the pasta, cook 1 cup of pineapple juice and 1 cup of mandarin orange juice in a saucepan. Add 1 cup of white sugar, 2 beaten eggs, ½ tablespoons of salt, and 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. When the mixture becomes thick, add the cooked pasta. Put it in a refrigerator for a night. The next day, you can add 20 ounces of diced pineapple, 15 ounces of diced mandarin orange, 8 ounces of whipped topping, and 7 ounces of marshmallows. Then, voila, your acini di pepe fruit salad is ready to serve.
For all pasta lovers, acini di pepe fruit salad is worth to try. People might think that it is fattening. Do not worry. As long as you use fresh ingredient, acini di pepe will not make you gain weight. Eat it in small portion as well. Besides easy to make, acini di pepe fruit salad brings vitamin, mineral, carbohydrates, as well as protein to your body.