30 minutes, plus draining time for the fruit cocktail. 20 to 24 servings.
1 (1-gallon) can fruit cocktail
Red food coloring
1 (16-ounce) tub prepared whipped cream
1 (14-ounce) bag shredded coconut
1 (10-ounce) bag mini colored marshmallows
1. Drain the fruit cocktail and spread the fruit on a rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Place the fruit in the refrigerator, uncovered, for at least 24 hours to drain completely.
2. In a large bowl, stir a few drops of the food coloring into the whipped cream to tint it pink. Gently fold in the drained fruit with the coconut and marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate until needed. This makes a generous 4 quarts ambrosia, more than is needed for the remainder of the recipe; the ambrosia will keep up to 3 days.
Banana pudding (four 3.5-ounce boxes banana pudding, prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions)
Vanilla wafers, for garnish
Sliced ripe bananas, for garnish
Red maraschino cherries (well-drained), for garnish
Alternate layers of the ambrosia and banana pudding in a large bowl or trifle dish, garnishing the layers as inspired with vanilla wafers, sliced bananas and maraschino cherries. Decorate the top as desired. This can be made up to a few hours in advance (to keep the banana slices from browning, brush with a little lemon water).
EACH OF 24 SERVINGS, WITHOUT GARNISHES
Protein 3 grams
Carbohydrates 49 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Fat 10 grams
Saturated fat 8 grams
Cholesterol 8 mg
Sugar 43 grams
Sodium 300 mg
NOTE: Adapted from Charles Phoenix.