I am titling this “Version 1” because everything was great…except the ice cream isn’t a perfect smooth texture, so I would like to try to improve that for next time.
When I made this to go with a pie you will see later this week, some people were immediately on board and some were leery. Not sure why, but they weren’t positive it was a great idea. But, after sampling it, they kept coming back. This recipe makes a LOT, so feel free to scale it down. I wasn’t sure how much people would use, and wanted to have enough. It even kept for a few days in the refrigerator, which surprised me.
I’m feeling in the mood for pie, I guess. First ham and cheese pie, and now a pizza pie…except this dish is not a normal pizza, so not a pie at all. Alas. Maybe next week I will share a chocolate pie I’ve been holding onto for awhile now.
This is a picture-light post. As in, not many pictures, but there are also not many steps. It is a simple recipe you could make on a weekday if you have a bit more time (most of the time is for the pie to bake and then cool). I made it on a weekend just because that’s how I roll these days. Are you surprised to see ham in the title? You should be. I don’t like ham. At least not most of the time. But, I was willing to suck it up to try this recipe. You can easily pull out the ham from your slice if you don’t like it, but I was surprised–the ham I picked out wasn’t too bad. I got a low-sodium variety from the deli counter and I would get it again.
And yeah yeah, not the prettiest of pictures, but here is the whole pie…
Hey, you! If you read the title and decided these weren’t for you, hold on just a minute. Or maybe longer if you need longer to read this. First, you can make these bars without mint. It’s a small amount and you don’t need to substitute anything in for it…just don’t use it. For the “nutty” part, you can use different nuts. I used walnuts, and you could maaaaaybe even do without the nuts. Just make sure you use extra Oreo cookies. I actually think the nuts make it a bit more unusual because they add a nice texture and salty/creamy vibe (since nuts have oil in them). And if you looked and realized you need to chop them, here is another reason to not shy away: use a food processor. I did the cookies and walnuts in it, and it was fast, easy, and made the Fudgelet laugh (I make funny faces for him when I use the food processor so that the loud noise is amusing rather than scary). As far as the coffee goes, you really don’t taste it much. I say “much” just because it is there a bit. Maybe you could just use water? Or add a bit of cocoa powder instead of instant coffee to the water? Could be fun to try.
Often when you make food it takes awhile and even if it is for your kid, it is hard to make it around them. Well, this was something I was able to make while the Fudgelet was around, without him getting bored, and he even liked them!