Welcome to Friday!!!!! This Fast Fix Friday recipe is really yummy. My significant other loves his mother’s Watergate Cake. I have heard numerous times about how there is nothing like it, he loves it so much, and so wishes she would make it for him. Basically it is a pistachio and whip cream based Jell-O type cake. It is yummy, I have to say. Very moist, and wonderful….and green.
Now, my grandmother Marjorie used to make a Watergate salad. Again a pistachio, Jell-O, whipped cream type salad, and also very green. I am not a fan of Jell-O salads, so I can’t say as I ever really enjoyed grandma’s Watergate salad. Sorry Grandma.
This made me start to think. How in the world did a pistachio Jell-O, whipped cream, very green creation come to be known as a “Watergate” dish? Well, first off, I must tell you that pistachio Jell-O was introduced in 1975. History is giving us a bit of a clue here. Although no one really knows why it was called Watergate, the timing that the flavor was introduced was in the thick of the Watergate scandal. Housewives were having a bit of fun taking Watergate cakes and salads to carry in’s and parties. It was that nice bright green color that was all the rage in the 70’s. Don’t even lie and say that your grandma didn’t have an avocado green or harvest gold appliance, carpet, or, well, pretty much anything. Literally everything came in those colors at the time. Also, another rumor is that a sous chef at the Watergate hotel came up with the basic idea and the rest was history. Whatever the reason, the wonderfulness that is a Watergate creation has stood the test of time…even if the name hasn’t.
With all that said, let’s get down to the business of making this dip. I call it Watergate dip because it has those classic ingredients that make up a Watergate concoction, and it makes me think of my grandmother. This is about the simplest thing you will ever do in your life. Seriously. I would like to say that I use my kitchen aide stand mixer for this which makes it even more simple, but if you don’t have one, a hand mixer will work just fine.
There are four ingredients in this dip. First ingredient is a softened block of cream cheese. Put that into your bowl. To that, add a package of pistachio Jell-O. I like to mix these together first, however, you don’t have to. Then, I fold in (with my mixer not by hand) a carton of whipped topping. Could you make your own whipped cream from scratch to use? Absolutely. I do love to use homemade whipped cream for certain things, like strawberry shortcake. In that instance, there is no substitute, but for this I go for the good ole tub of whipped topping. When you are finished folding in the topping, you have this bright green, sticky, sweet, wonderful dip. I transfer the dip to a pretty serving bowl. Lastly, I like to top it with my fourth and final ingredient, chopped pistachios. I served it with vanilla wafers, but you could get creative with what you would like to use with the dip.
I think this dip would be fun for a St Patrick’s Day party. Maybe, instead of a vanilla wafer, go with a shortbread cookie dusted with edible gold, to give a little nod to a leprechaun and his pot of gold. I also think that it would be perfect to take to a 70’s disco party, and the color would make it fun to take to a spring fling party as well.
Just in case you were wondering, my significant other taste tested the dip, and he loved it. He said if he couldn’t have his mother’s Watergate cake, then this was a good substitute. He is not an easy person to please, so I am taking that as a victory. Until next time, stay away from scandal, stay groovy, and, as always…. stay glamourous.