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1 or 2 delicious apples diced
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1/2 C. seedless red grapes
miracle whip to moisten (usually a couple of tablespoons)
splash of apple cider vinegar
1/2 Tsp. sugar or to taste
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy this delicious side dish. I particularly like this recipe because you can use all ingredients you already have been using for other Thanksgiving dishes such as celery (dressing/stuffing), pecans (pecan pie). This has been a traditional dish for my family since I was a little girl many moons ago.
Now that's a great salad and one I have not had in quite some time. Can I grill it?
I love waldorf salad, but have never put grapes in it. I like to use 1 yellow apple and 1 red apple for color. This is another dish I try to make throughout the year (like the following recipe for Cherry Coke Salad, and green bean casserole, and broccoli rice casserole which we always have for Thanksgiving and Christmas if we are home).
Thanks for including this recipe, madmax.
I won't know until T-day, but I do know there will be an abundance of side dishes. We will be doing the T-day buffet at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. (This is turning into a tradition for my wife and I.) The only down side, no leftovers. A great way to use up some of my remaining Marriott Cheques that will expire in December. (I definitely am going to miss the Cheques starting next year.) Happy holidays to the Marriott Insiders!
Cherry Coke Salad is one of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. It is simple to make and doesn't take very long to put together. I try to make it occasionally and not just save it for the holidays. I also enjoy it for breakfast.
1 0.30oz box black cherry jello (I use sugar-free, but you can use regular)
1 15 oz, can pitted dark sweet cherries (will be drained, but save juice)
1 small can crushed pineapple (will be drained, but save juice)
1 cup coca cola (or coke zero, diet coke, etc.)
1-2 cups chopped pecans (enough to cover the top of the jello mixture)
In an 8X8 square glass pan, make jello according to package directions substituting 1 cup of boiling cherry juice/pineapple juice for 1 cup boiling water and 1 cup coca cola product for 1 cup cold water. (When I boil the fruit juice in the microwave, I put a plate under the measuring cup in case it boils over.) Mix in cherries, pineapple, and pecans. Refrigerate until firm (may take 4 hours or more).
***Recipe can be doubled, but if you want to make more than double, I recommend making separate batches.
This sounds really good razorbackfan. I am going to make this next week and if it turns out good for me I will make for Christmas. I've already got Thanksgiving covered as it is my turn to make turkey and dressing. We actually just within the last 7 or 8 years putting grapes in the salad. Can't even tell you how it got started but everyone liked it so well it became the new tradition.
Thanks for the great salad recipe. Can't wait to try.
We will have sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, stuffing and since this will be my Daughter-In-Laws first Thanksgiving with us since the kids got married she will make a few side dishes from her native South America country of Bolivia.
Of course I'll fire up the grill for some early morning breakfast pizza then around noon some appetizers of stuffed jalapeno's, maybe some grilled boudain and who knows what else we'll find. It will be fun to have family around this year.
OH YEAH, grilled jalepenos stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon...you know that's one of my favorites!
Sounds like you will enjoy the holidays with your new family members. There will be 38 of us at the house and I will enjoy every moment of it for about the first 30 minutes...
just kidding. I love it, the bigger crowd pretty much entertains itself. I wouldn't have it any other way
kathylu we always had mashed potatoes and candied yams as well...it's a special occassion!
It takes a little time and patience, but it's so worthit and it's beautiful on the table.
Make it the day before
trippin' this is a great recipe. I love cream cheese and not that fond of general jello. What a great way to dress it up. I will try this soon. Thanks for the post.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
A huge hit at our family gathering!
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin dessert mix
2 cups boiling water
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen strawberries
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
Whipped topping or whipped cream, to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9 by 13-inch pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping, and spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.
In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water, and allow to cool slightly. Add the strawberries and pineapple, and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time. Cut into squares.
great recipe trippin'. I love strawberries, pretzels and cream cheese so I'm sure I would love this. Thanks for the post and sorry about replying to coz while using your name...
razorbackfan, making this for Christmas with my kids and their families. It is awesome. Thanks for sharing it with the insiders and hope you received your gift cards. I did yesterday. Already have an idea of what I am going to purchase.
I have not received my gift cards yet, but I'm sure they will be here any day now. Our mailman is working overtime this year. He told me yesterday that he is delivering many more packages this year than in the previous 13 years on this route. Don't worry, if I don't get them I will let Community Manager know.
Madmax, I hope you and your family enjoy the salad. I made it again last week since we weren't home over Thanksgiving to enjoy it. A friend's mother recently sent me their church cookbook (one of my husband's photographs was on the cover-a stained glass window at their church with a cross in the center--really beautiful if I don't say so myself). The first cookbook was printed by the church in 1967. Some of the recipes in the book are designated "Throw-back to 1967" and there is a recipe for coca cola salad. It uses a small bottle of maraschino cherries and pieces of cream cheese. My recipe, which came from my grandmother, probably predated that recipe. Another throwback recipe is for Lime Gelatin Salad with Miracle Whip, grated cheese, pineapple, nutmeats, and lime jello. Does anyone remember Watergate Salad?
Here's a recipe from my mother's Thanksgiving legacy - not too many Northerners familiar with this, I bet:
1/2 cup butter
4 cups grated raw sweet potatoes
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup cane syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup whole milk
3 eggs, well beaten
1 cup chopped pecans or English walnuts
Melt butter in heavy skillet. Combine other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into a pan of hot butter, and stir until heated through. Transfer to a preheated 350 degree oven and bake 40 minutes. When crusted around top and edge, turn under with a spoon to allow crust to form again, repeating this process twice, allowing the last to remain on the sides and top.(Serves 8)
This dish sounds yummy. I wish I could have had more time to spend on this thread. Such great dishes here. Sweet potatoes are so healthy! They are a staple in Okinawa. When I lived there, an Okinawan used to come down the street regularly in his tiny truck. In the back of it was an oven and heated storage, and he sold sweet potatoes that he cooked right in the truck. They were great to eat just even plain, right there on the spot. We called him "Mr. Sweet Potato Man" or Satsumaimo Otoko-San!
Thanks for the memory and for sharing this yummy recipe, Fred. Hats off to your mom.
Maybe we should start a favorite Christmas side dish thread...
A simple side that brings together two of my favorite food groups: potatoes and cheese.
Layered Potato Bake
2 pounds baking potatoes of uniform size
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1-1/12 cups shredded fontina cheese
2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup light chicken or vegetable stock
Have a large bowl of water ready. Peel the potatoes and slice them into thin rounds. As soon as they are sliced, place them in the water. When they have all been sliced, drain well and lay out on a kitchen towel to dry.
Bake until potatoes are tender when pierced with a toothpick and the top is slightly golden, about 1-1/2 hours. To prevent the casserole from becoming too brown on top, cover the dish with aluminum foil toward the end of the baking time, if necessary. Serve hot. Makes 6 servings.
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How can you help but not eat alot on Thanksgiving. Even if I fill my plate with a dollop of everything, the plate is filled to the brim. I feel like I need to at least try everything. and then there is no room in my stomach to go back and get the dishes that I really liked!
Green Bean Casserole
I like to use fresh green beans, and just snap off the ends.
Add mushroom soup (if I have the time, I make my own from scratch, but if in a hurry, any of the prepared soups work great.
Mixed together in a casserole dish with crisp fried onion on top (again from scratch if you have the time, else shortcut with prepared ones like French's)
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
This same casserole concept can also be done with broccoli and cream of chicken soup topped with cheese. Sometimes my mom would make this one with poached chicken as well which makes it more of a meal than a side dish.
Both are wonderful.
This year, I made pan roasted brussel sprouts with onion and italian speck.
Cleaned and halved the brussel sprouts,
got a thick cut of speck, cubed it and cooked it with a slice of bacon. When the bacon was done, removed it and the speck. I used the bacon elsewhere and held out the speck.
added about a tablespoon of olive oil to the bacon grease and then put the brussel sprouts cut side down, into the pan and cooked them until they were browned. Put a thinly sliced onion over top of them, and tossed in the pan to get the rest of the sprouts and the onions cooked. Returned the speck to the mix, sprinkled some kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. tossed and served. tasty.
Also made a nice pumpkin caramel pecan cheesecake. Here is the recipe. Suggestions: Make sure you press the crust all the way around and especially down in the corners, so it is the same thickness all around. I'm sure you have had cheesecakes where the bottom side of the crust is an inch thick. Gets hard. Also, I poured in about 1/3 of the cheesecake mix, then poured in about a half jar of caramel and scattered about a half bag of pecans. Then added the rest of the mix. Baked with a pan of water on the shelf below. When you take it out of the oven, run a knife between the crust and the pan. That way, when it shrinks, it won't be stuck to the sides, reducing cracks. When nearly cool, pour the rest of the caramel on top and spread it around, then sprinkle the other half of the pecans on it. It was delicious.