Recipes: Say Happy Fourth of July with Margarita Pie

Say Happy Fourth of July with Margarita Pie

Traditions are important. Family Fourth of July traditions make memories to last a lifetime. I still have vivid memories from childhood of family picnics and the annual trip to see the fireworks out in Spicer, MN.

Before we left home, we would pop grocery bags full of popcorn. I can still see the oil spots on that brown paper.

We always parked in the same spot. West of the Green Lake, on the side of a hill, right in front of an old grain elevator.

Then, friends, relatives and farm neighbors would show up.

This was before the time of bug spray. If you didn’t want to get eaten alive by mosquitoes, there was long sleeves, pants and socks no matter how high the temperature or humidity. The kids played tag and other games until we got old enough to be allowed to scout out all the “action” downtown. While the adults discussed the latest news of the neighbor hood, crop prices and storm damage.

As dark descended we would find our favorite spot to perch to watch the light show, usually on the hood of someone’s car. The popcorn would get passed around and the coolers would open. With a series of big bangs the fireworks show would begin along with the ooooing and ahhhhing.

For all of the fun we had watching fireworks together. Our family always remembered that we were celebrating the hard fought freedom of the greatest nation on earth. We never forgot Uncle Wendall who was killed in action in Korea, Cousin Eugene who was killed a month after Wendall in Korea, my dad who was permanently disabled from his military service or Uncles Myrwin and Dick who served in World War II.

For many families this holiday is a time of celebration and reflection of loss of loved ones. We should never forget the cost of liberty and make it a national priority to support and honor our veterans and military personnel and their families who defend and preserve our freedom.

Personally I believe that each of us owe it to our fellow country men and women to strive to be self-reliant, law biding, civically active citizens who always exercise our right to vote.

I hope you enjoy Margarita Pie. This sweet, salty and cool dessert is a crowd pleaser at any summer celebration. If you double the recipe it fits into a 9X13 cake pan and can feed the whole gang.

Happy Fourth of July!

8 or 9 inch pie tin

Margarita Pie

Crust:
½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 ½ cups pretzels, crushed
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine butter, pretzels and sugar in pie plate press down to form crust and freeze,

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Filling:
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condense milk
2 egg yolks
½ cup sugar
1/3 fresh lime juice
1 ½ ounces of tequila
1 ounce of triple sec
2 eggs whites

In medium mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, sugar, lime juice, tequila and triple sec and mix well.

In a metal or glass bowl beat egg whites until slightly stiff and fold them into egg-sugar mixture. Spoon mixture. Spoon mixture into graham cracker crust. Bake for 25 minutes or until set. Let pie cool.

Topping:
½ cup whipping cream, whipped
¼ cup sugar
Lime slices

In a small bowl, whip cream until it holds peaks.Fold sugar into whipped cream and spread over cooled pie. Chill pie several hours before serving. Garnish each piece of pie with then lime slice.

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