Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Best Thanksgiving Recipes EVER

I promise.

I know I can't cook.

But these are the recipes I contribute to Thanksgiving EVERY year and no one fact, they are usually a hit. The apple bread goes very quickly. The spiced cranberry relish is to die for. And if you're looking for an alternative to the Yam and marshmallow dish - the Sweet Potato Casserole is yummy.

Spiced Cranberry Relish
1 package (12 oz) fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons raspberry vinegar (or 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar)
1 2-inch piece stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

In medium-sized saucepan, combine berries, raisins, sugar, orange juice, vinegar, stick cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Bring quickly to a boil; lower heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally; until berries pop and mixture thickens, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat; cool. Chill. Just before serving, remove stick cinnamon and stir in walnuts. Makes 2-1/2 cups.


Senator Russell Sweet Potatoes
Ingredients (Casserole)
3-1/2 cups sweet potatoes (usually 6-7)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter (softened)

Ingredients (Topping)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup butter (softened)
1 cup chopped pecans

Bake sweet potatoes in skin at 450 degrees for one hour. (Or do them in the microwave following your manufacturer's instructions.) When done, scoop potatoes from shell and mash. Combine with sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk, and butter. Mix until smooth. Place in casserole dish.

In separate bowl combine topping ingredients. Place on top of casserole. Cover and bake at 275 for 40 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking for 10 more minutes.

Recipe serves 10-12 people. (not at my house...but we're sweet potato fiends)


Apple Bread
Note: can make in loaf pan, but I also have put into a bundt pan and served as cake.
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon (I often add extra)
3 cups flour
3 cups diced apples (with or without skin - granny smith are best)

Mix together eggs and oil. Add sugar and spices. Slowly stir in flour. Then add diced apples.
Bake at 300 degrees in greased loaf pan or bundt pan for 90 minutes or until fork comes out clean. Remove immediately from pan and sprinkle top with sugar. Wrap in foil.

Excellent sliced as sweet bread option on table, or served as warmed slices with vanilla ice cream.

Serves 10-12.

Give it up. Your mouth is watering right? Mine too.


A's Mom said...

The apple bread is to die for - Trust me!

Jude said...

so is the Sweet Potatoes casserole!

Mrs. G. said...

After years of consideration, I have decided that the worlds most perfect foods are the mango, the avocado and the sweet potato. That recipe sounds delish.

Mrs. Booms said...

Oh, these look delicious...

and thanks for your comment on the baby sitter. It was insightful and really made me feel better.

Unknown said...

I could possibly try any of these recipes and someone would die. I just know it. I'm only capable of making Ramen Noodle and Mac-n-Cheese, although I do an outstanding job on both of those things... if I do say so myself.

Maybe you could just mail me some bread that I could pass off as my own? ;)