Feeling the Groove with Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie (+ Menu)

This Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie is quick and easy to make, freeze, and serve! No baking, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day party with your favorite flavored ice cream!

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

With a girlfriend dinner party coming up that I’ll be hosting, I can’t help but think of this one thing when it comes to entertaining.

That is, entertaining takes focus. It takes a focus that doesn’t just come out of thin air, but thought (plan the meal), creativity (set the table, even if very simply), and courage. Yes, courage to open your home, life, and cooking skills up to others, when you may feel very shy about them. I’m not really shy, but I know others are!

Stay focused.

I recently read, when you are focused, your perception is clearer, with an understanding of what you want to accomplish, and how to get there.

Another thought is that determination plays a role. Not being determined to have the perfect party, but the determination that you want deeper friendships, you want to be known, and you want to know others more!

This quote by Julia Child is perfect. (Thank you Relish.com)

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“No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” -Julia Child

Learn as you go.

The more I cook and try new recipes, and master some that I really love to serve to guests (easy ones!), the more I learn about planning, organization, and short cuts (so I have more time to spend with my guests). I learn, and then I put it into action.

Cooking and hosting are sort of a dance. Your hands are busy at all times, but at the same time you’re listening, engaging, feeling the groove of the party.

Setting the table

Feeling the groove.

I like that … feeling the groove.

The groove for me is knowing what comes next, when to focus on the next course, when to serve it, when to switch up the conversation, when to end the party—to sum it up!

Oh, and sometimes it’s “when to get a box of Kleenex.”

Setting the table

The groove of gathering is a very cool thing.

I focus, and I get the job done.

So, in the spirit of easy entertaining, planning a party, and celebrating … I do have a group of ladies coming over for dinner soon. And guess what? I’ve invited 3 new guests who’ve never had dinner in my home before.

Set the table. Plan the menu.

Setting the table

Set the table (love the beautiful succulent plant? )Plan the menu. Make Dessert.

Setting the table

Mint Oreo Pistachio Ice Cream Pie.

The dessert … well, it is St. Patrick’s Day week, so I thought this Mint Oreo Pistachio Ice Cream Pie would be appropriate to serve.

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

Mash those Oreos (yay, for Ziploc bags).

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

We love mint ice cream, but I wanted to try a new Tillamook (from Oregon!) ice cream, so we chose Grandma’s Cake Batter.

Drizzle with fudge. Sprinkle with more Oreos and pistachio nuts!

With skinny slices (it’s rich), and a cup of Storyville coffee? You can’t go wrong!

What aspect of “focusing” on cooking or hosting gets in your way of making a dinner party invite?

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

Yield: 2 hours 15 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes + 2 hours freezing time

Keeps up to 10 days. Use your favorite flavor of ice cream, and flavored Oreo cookies!

Ingredients:

30 Oreo cookies, mashed
1/2 gallon your favorite flavor ice cream
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
1 4 oz. jar fudge topping (I use Trader Joe’s)
3/4 c. pistachio nuts

Directions:

  1. Mash cookies in a Ziploc bag (sealed; use a rolling pin).
  2. Mix mashed cookies with melted butter and press into an 8” pie pan, reserving 1/2 cup.
  3. Spread ice cream on top of Oreo crust.
  4. Spread fudge topping over ice cream. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs and then the nuts on top; freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Menu:

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

Irish Pub Salad

Guinness Beef Stew

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie

Oreo Mint Pistachio Ice Cream Pie for Game Day, St. Patrick's Day, or any fun party!

6 comments

  1. What a gorgeous pie. (And table!) You’ll have such a fabulous girls night in. Love the intentional focus ahead of time. Still learning that cooking/hosting dance. Thanks for the great tips.

  2. Sandy. This pie. I can make this pie!! I am such a sucker for ice cream pie or cake. I am totally craving this right now! My kids would LOVE me if I made it for them. ;)

    Your table is GORGEOUS. Love the plant, the dishes…the vibe. I know what it’s like to be in your home and I so wish I was at this girlfriend dinner!

  3. I grew up in a home centered around food and constant entertaining. My husband didn’t at all. I love the Julia quote. He learned by doing and doing and putting up with my love of having people over. Now he loves it too and is a seasoned pro :) I DO feel like it’s a dance when we get in the entertaining groove! So cute. Great thoughts.

  4. I adore having people over, and I was just writing something about it the other day. There’s something about sharing your space and food with others that creates a different type of community and relationship with people. I’m eternally jealous of the Tillamook Ice Cream. We can’t get it here, and it looks so good.

  5. Wow..Looking delicious. I want to try this out and thanks for the post!

  6. wow…yummy!!!

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