I thought I'd post some of my favorite and now traditional recipes that I like and use on Thanksgiving. This year will mark the second year I've cooked Thanksgiving on my own, and the second time this year. We had Thanksgiving on Halloween this year when my parents came to visit, and we get to have another Thanksgiving this weekend when Josh's parents come to visit. I personally have a lot to be thankful for, so I'll save that for another post after all of the delicious tummy filling food combinations, a.k.a. recipes.
To start things off I thought I'd post the recipe for my mom's Cranberry-Apple Casserole. My mom has made this recipe for the last 8-10 years, at least if not longer, that I can remember. This recipe initially came from my Aunt Linda whom I've been fortunate to spend many Thanksgiving's with as well. I've had many people ask for this recipe, as it is fairly easy, is a great way to impress new family members, a new comer to the dinner table and a great way to introduce a new twist on cranberries to the whole Thanksgiving holiday - in my opinion anyway!
3 medium peeled, chopped apples (I like red ones to go along with the red theme)
2 cups fresh (thawed if you bought them and froze them) cranberries
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 packages instant Oatmeal, cinnamon spice flavor
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup flour (separate from other flour)
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1/3 cup brown sugar
In a large bowl combine apples, cranberries and 2 tablespoons flour tossing to coat it all. Add in 3/4 cup sugar and mix well. Transfer into a 2 quart (8x8) casserole dish. In another bowl, or the one you just emptied, combine oatmeal, pecans, 1/2 cup flour and brown sugar. Add butter and stir well. Spoon this mixture over the fruit mixture. Garnish with pecan halves and cranberries on top. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. It makes 6-8 servings and is EXCELLENT as a left over!
I don't have any pictures of the final product since I wasn't thinking of taking pictures, but when I make it this weekend I'll take some and re-post and add pictures so be sure to check back!! This is a GREAT dish to bring if you're going to a potluck at someone else's house.