Peeps® Stone-Cold, Mighty-Tasty Fruit Salad

The peeps were so happy to be in this recipe that they got crrraaazy and started popping the cherries on their heads. Silly peeps. They just love wearing hats!

Now you know my devotion to my Peeps® knows no bounds. I love them like no one has loved a marshmallow bird before, but some of the recipes in which I toss them aren’t all that great. It pains me to say this and please don’t repeat it to the peeps, but it’s true. Take Peepshi — a tsunami of flavor for example. I wasn’t being cute, it’s true. It’s total devastation in your mouth. Now, sometimes the salty and sweet work really well together like (weirdly enough) Sooz’s Weenie Peeps which are actually kinda good but with the Peepshi — not so much. The combination of the seaweed and the sugar is horrid — best used for decoration. So imagine my delight when I threw together Peeps Stone-Cold, Mighty-Tasty Fruit Salad. Some kind of yum, lemme tell ya.

What with all the fabulous stone fruit this year, it’s the perfect time to make fruit salad. I haven’t had a bad peach yet. I love summer — not only because I live in the Pacific Northwest and I crave the sun, but also because the fruit that’s available is locally grown. (The sun actually shines and it’s warm (!) on the other side of the Cascades.) I had gone a bit overboard in the fruit-buying department and everything was going to turn pretty soon, so I cut it all up and made this delicacy. It thrilled neighbors, friends, my son, and L’il ol’ me no end. I am pretty compulsive and eat at my desk and this made work just that much more tolerable. Nothing like sitting in a cube with a bunch o’ summer in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Nectarines
  • Melon
  • Raisins
  • Pluots (my new favorite)
  • Cherries
  • Peeps!

Directions

Now this has to be incredibly obvious from the picture — cut it all up and throw it in a bowl and toss some peeps on top. I was going to make a kind of blueberry-syrup dressing with some frozen blueberries that I need to use up, but I thought blue food would look bad in pictures. I mention this to encourage you to be creative and make Peeps Stone-Cold, Mighty-Tasty Fruit Salad your own bucket o’ heaven.

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Tam o’shant o’Peeps ®

You can dress them up and you can take them everywhere.

For an international flavor, try these adorably adorned  Peeps ®. As we all know, nothing says Scottish like a Peep donning a banana with a blueberry pom-pom! Dress up your Peeps and take them out to dinner. This is the perfect party platter for any occasion with class — be it Ascot, the debutante ball, or Sunday go to meetin’.

Easy-peasy recipe:

  • Peeps!
  • a banana
  • blueberries
  • toothpicks

First separate your wee Peeps, then slice the banana into brim-sized pieces like ye would a saucy bairn. Stick toothpicks into the Peeps’ heads with such vigor it’d scare the English. Pop on the banana and then the blueberry. Crivvens! Ye have yerself some wee darlins.

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Medieval Peeps® on a Pike

An eallwundor (wonderful) recipe for when you have the áfýsest (urge) to mære (celebrate) the dark ages.

For your next olde worlde themed par-tay don’t forget to serve Peeps® on a Pike. No need to draw and quarter your Peeps, a mere beheading will do. Afford your Peeps the same mercy King Henry the Eighth showed Ann Boleyn by using a sharp blade. The goal is a clean cut on the first whack.  Go formal and dress as an executioner! Remember to ask forgiveness first, then chop, splat, skewer, and serve. Not only is this a festive party platter, it also quells civil disobedience amongst your left-over Peeps. No insurrection in the survivors, guaranteed. Nothing says, “don’t get out of line” like mayhem. And don’t forget, they can’t talk back if their head is severed from the rest of their body – no oxygen to the brain, no sass. Remember that ill-mannered Peep from the Dim Sum blog? She’s quiet now! (first head to the left) That’ll learn ‘em!

þæt éaðe (the easy) recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Peeps
  • Pikes (skewers)
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Watermelon

Get the dirty work over with first and behead your Peeps. While you’re in a cutting mood, hack a watermelon in half. Stick in your pikes and stab the Maraschino cherries onto them. Place your Peep heads on the pikes. There you go! Your own version of Tudor England!

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The Peeptini — the Peep that packs a punch!

The Peep Martini (or Peeptini) is perfect for all cocktail parties. It adds a bit of whimsey to this otherwise staid standby.

Serving suggestion

Elegance, smelegance. Nothing says fun like a martini and nothing says funner like a Peeptini! Easy to make and even easier to drink, the Peeptini is the gateway drink to other silly adult beverages. Once you start, you may never stop. This benign-looking drink can knock you on your patootie in pretty short order. As the Peep dissolves in the gin, it creates an alcohol-filled sugarfest that can’t be beat (and is readily absorbed, going straight to your head).

To prepare — make your martini using your favorite gin following the below recipe as a guide, but chuck the olives and pop in a Peep! As you savor the flavor you will notice that the gin absorbs the signature Peep yellow dye and creates a (well, let us not say urine-like) distinctive blush. The longer the Peep is in the libation, the more intense the coloring. Fix the martinis before your guests arrive to ensure a new visual experience as well as a tasty treat. Make sure to have cab vouchers on hand for your guests. I’m not kidding. This thing really is potent.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 oz of your favorite gin (I prefer Bombay Sapphire)
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth (or less – I swirl the glass with the vermouth and then dump it in the sink – the vermouth, not the glass)
  • Orange or Angostura bitters (optional – not for me but maybe you’d like it)
  • 1 Peep!

Easy Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a martini mixer filled with ice cubes.
  2. Shake for 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  4. Pop in a Peep

Watch the flaming version!

The mature Peeptini. Note how the gin has become more Peep-like in hue.

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Peeps® Palak Paneer

Peeps swimming in this spinach curry singing pop tunes to beat the band.

Yah, it may look like a pile of puke populated by Peeps® but it’s actually a mighty tasty meal and perfect with rice or Naan (Eastern Indian flat bread). Peeps are mad for Bollywood movies and were very excited when I told them about this recipe. They started singing that Brenda Lee hit, “I’m Sari” almost on cue. It was a little high pitched for my tastes and I like her rendition alot more, but they were enthusiastic and that made up for any shortcomings in pitch or talent.

The peeps did their homework on this dish and told me that it’s been around for about 6,000 years (I suggest you throw it out after a week or two, even if you refrigerate the left overs) and is mentioned in the Vedas (Hindu sacred writings). An added bonus is that it’s good for you! All that spinach supplies serious nutrients and the ricotta (or cottage cheese) provides a low-fat protein source and calcium. The peeps add color, sweetness, and that that certain something that only peeps can convey.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • Yogurt
  • 3 pounds fresh spinach
  • Fresh cilantro to taste (I like alot of it)
  • 8 ounces ricotta or cottage cheese cheese
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil then throw in 1/2 tablespoon of ginger. Mix in the cumin, coriander, turmeric and yogurt (amount varies based on your preference for the creaminess and yogurty taste). Add the spinach, bunches at a time until it is cooked down (It’s amazing how much it reduces. It also adds alot of liquid to the mixture). Remove from heat and allow to cool a bit.
  2. Pour spinach concoction into a blender or food processor along with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of ginger and as much cilantro as you’d like. Blend for 15 to 30 seconds, or until the spinach is chopped enough to suit you. Pour it back into the saucepan and keep warm (don’t let it boil).
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat, and fry the cheese until it’s browned. Drain it and add it to the spinach mixture. Heat it all up. Season with salt to taste.

One should not belittle food – the life breath is food… One should prepare a lot of food. The earth is food.
– Taittirīya Upaniṣhad 3.7.1 & 3.9.1

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Sooz’s Weenie Peeps®

Weenie Peeps standing proud

Yes, the Peeps ® look surprised in these photos.

An easy and tasty hors d’oeuvre that will wow your guests. These little fellas are also the perfect potluck contribution.

You probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. Who doesn’t have Peeps and L’il Smokies in the fridge? They’re right next to the RC Cola and the PBR, right?!

If you’re pressed for time or if you’re having an impromptu gathering, Sooz’s Weenie Peeps are the perfect solution. It only takes minutes to put together these Peep treats. Sweet and savory, they please everyone. You’ll be the hostess with the mostess when you provide these cunning (and entertaining) cuties.

Ingredients:

  • Peeps
  • Lil Smokies

Easy Preparation:

  1. Gather your Peeps
  2. Open the Lil Smokies package and take them out
  3. Cut the mid-section of the Peep (be gentle, they’re very sensitive)
  4. Shove in the weenie
  5. Place decoratively on a platter
  6. Optional dipping sauce may be: sweet and sour; ketchup; ranch; etc.
 


 

 

 

 

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Get some Dim Sum Peeps®

Shrimp dumplings and non-so-big-themselves Peeps

 

Let’s face it, Dim Sum is one fun way to eat. The selection, the aromas, the clatter of the carts, the challenge of not chucking your food across the table when your chopsticks slip — yes, it makes for the perfect family outing. I dare anyone to leave the table without having left a mess of soy sauce and food particles. This brings into sharp relief the perfectness of Peeps® Dim Sum. The non-slimy exterior of Peeps give sufficient friction so your chopsticks can gain purchase, thus foiling the food-flinging aspect of the meal. You’ll impress your family, friends, and/or your date with your mad chopstickin’ skills when you bring along your Peeps for an Asian breakfast.

There is no recipe associated with this entry because making Dim Sum is a huge pain in the butt. Just pack your Peeps in your purse and fling them about the various tasty items that you choose from the cart. Be careful how you place them. Peeps melt and often complain when they get oils on their bottoms. We actually had to leave the restaurant because one of the Peeps was being such a big baby about getting hot oil on her tail. Some Peeps just don’t have any manners…don’t even get me started on the Peeps that were trying to ride the sticky rice around the table.

 

Playful Peeps pretending sticky rice packets are ponies.

Peeps love condiments

Peeps eyeing each other over the basket rim. Peeps are very self conscious and yet nosy.

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