Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanksgiving Dishes - Aunt Nixie's Cranberry Salad

Thanksgiving will soon be here and I for one am very excited.  While I will not be making a big Thanksgiving dinner this year, I will be taking a dish to my brother's house.  I have decided to make a wonderful Cranberry Salad that my Aunt Nixie made so well.  She shared the recipe with me before she passed away and I beg you all to make this dish.  It will be so popular at the Thanksgiving table.  It's so delicious and easy to make.
It's of course the pink dish at the table.  It has apples, walnuts and cranberries in it and it is so yummy.  You can also put it in a mold and flip it over to make a beautiful presentation.  I think the children would love this as well as the adults.  So give it a try and I think it will become a Thanksgiving staple that is requested year after year.

Aunt Nixie's Cranberry Salad
1 can cranberry sauce
1 can whole cranberry sauce
2 c. boiling water
2 tbsp. lemon or orange juice
2 pkgs. (3 oz. each) strawberry jello
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. mayonnaise
2 c. diced apple, peeled
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

1.  Melt cranberry sauces over medium heat.  Drain, reserving liquid and berries. 
2.  Mix together cranberry liquid, boiling water, and jello.  Stir until jello is dissolved. 
3.  Add juice and salt.  Chill until mixture mounds slightly on a spoon. 
4.  Add mayonnaise, beat until smooth and fold in the cranberries, apples and nuts.
5.  Pour into a 2 quart mold and chill until set.

I make this a day or two ahead of time and it keeps very well.  This will serve 12 people easily.
Enjoy and happy fall!

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful recipe Debbie. I will make this for the 'big feast' at my daughters while visiting during Thanksgiving. YUM!
    Thanks for sharing!


Strawberry Heaven

“The “Debbie” recipe – the recipe that is authentically me.
My absolute favorite dessert recipe.”
All I ever talk about loving is strawberries. I am to strawberries as Paula Deen is to potatoes and butter.
When thinking about my absolute favorite dessert, it had to combine cheesecake, strawberries, and chocolate. Chocolate covered strawberries to be exact!!! So I developed a pie that features all my weaknesses. I love a regular pie crust instead of graham cracker so I have used pie crust, topped with a luscious layer of Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling, followed by 1 pound of ripe, juicy strawberries enveloped in strawberry glaze topped with creamy, dreamy Cool Whip, and followed by 6 GIANT chocolate covered strawberries. This pie would be a strawberry lovers’ most decadent dream. It is mine…now you know what I dream about.

Strawberry Heaven
Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 9 minutes
Serves 6 - 8
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 ½ c. Kraft Philadelphia Ready-to-Eat Cheesecake Filling
2 lbs. of strawberries
14 oz. strawberry pie glaze
8 oz Cool Whip
¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Place pie crust in pie pan and flute edges. Bake at 450 degrees for 9 minutes.
3. Cool pie crust at room temperature for 10 minutes and follow in freezer for 10 minutes to cool quickly.
4. While pie crust is cooking and cooling, prepare other ingredients beginning with strawberries. Wash strawberries, core, and slice in half. Save 6 LARGE strawberries for top of pie. Eat a few and enjoy them while you are working so hard. Save enough for the pie.
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 1 minute stirring every 20 seconds. Dip 6 large strawberries in chocolate about ¾ of the way up the strawberry. Place a piece of parchment paper on a plate and cool the strawberries on the paper in the freezer.
6. After the pie crust comes out of the freezer, spread the cheesecake filling directly on top of crust.
7. Place strawberries directly on top of cheesecake and pour strawberry glaze over strawberries.
8. Pipe Cool Whip over strawberries and glaze and top with chocolate covered strawberries. Place in freezer for approximately 15 minutes and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Strawberry Heaven

Strawberry Heaven
This pie is for the true Strawbery ADDICT and lover.

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