This Strawberry Pretzel Pie is a throwback to a classic recipe…but with a twist! It’s also an excellent dessert to serve at a summer picnic!
A couple of weekends ago, several of our friends decided to get together and recreate “classic” recipes. By classic, I mean old. Like dust off Mom’s and Grandma’s recipes kinda old. Food trends definitely evolve over time, and it was fun to go back and rethink an old favorite. On a side note, it’s funny how recipe trends totally circle back around. For instance, meatballs with grape jelly, bundt cakes and fondue helped define the food scene of the 1960’s…and each of those have once again become popular. Ok, maybe not so much fondue…but I’m trying to mentally justify the fact that we own a fondue pot. Hey, fondue is awesome…let’s make it popular again!
Today’s Strawberry Pretzel Pie is a throwback to the days of desserts that featured fruit suspended in gelatin. My grandma used to make a cranberry orange gelatin dessert every year for Thanksgiving. I don’t think I ever ate any of it. But this Strawberry Pretzel Pie? I could’ve eaten all of it. Well, I did share it with Laura and our friends, but I would’ve eaten all of it by myself if they weren’t here!
I love sweet and salty desserts, and this Atlantic Beach Pie is a summer-time favorite around here as it uses saltine crackers for the crust. I mixed things up a bit and went with crushed pretzels as the crust for this Strawberry Pretzel Pie. You could certainly use a standard graham cracker crust, but the saltiness combined with the sweet berries just makes my taste buds want to get up and dance. (Don’t worry. I didn’t actually dance. No one needs to see that.)
I also introduced whipped topping into this pie as a further twist. For me, the sight of fruit suspended in jello just isn’t the most appetizing idea. But mix in some whipped topping, and you’ve got a fun new idea! Plus, doesn’t it look pretty cool when you divide it into 2 layers?
We’ve been eating fresh strawberries like it’s our job lately, and I seriously had to hide these strawberries in the back of the fridge. Robbie has gotten smart, and he totally knows to peek in the fridge whenever we open it. If he’d seen these strawberries sitting there, then the game would be over. And I would’ve been heading back to the store for more strawberries.
If you’re looking for a fun, chilled dessert to serve on a hot summer day, then look no further! This Strawberry Pretzel Pie is an easy dessert, and it’s sure to get lots of comments from friends and family. Enjoy!