Thanksgiving 2008 Let the Cooking Begin: Cranberry Relish & Apple Pie

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and it really is nice to be back home to celebrate it.   Food & Football.  What could be better.  Tomorrow’s menu will include:

 

-Turkey (18 pounds! Cost only $5… by far the best deal for food you will ever find)

-Carrots, Potatoes, & Onions with the turkey

-Stuffing

-Cranberry Relish

-Candied Yams

-Apple Pie

-Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie (this is a Hawaiian special… the potatoes are purple)

 

This is a lot of food.  So much so that I needed to start cooking everything today (day before). First thing on the list to do was to make the cranberry relish.  This is a pretty simple recipe that my Mom has been using for years.  

 

The recipe starts with the zest of 3 Oranges & 1 Lemon.   Combine that with sugar and 3 lbs of cranberries in a big pot.

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Heat on medium and keep stiring.

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Bring to a boil & it looks something like this: (sorry about the steam)

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Next, add 1.5 cups of OJ (can use the 3 oranges you needed for the zest) & 1 cup of lemon juice.  Also add some more sugar.  Let this simmer on low heat for 5 mins.  Then turn off the burner and let sit for 30 mins before placing in the fridge over night.  Tada.  The final color & texture looks like this.  It gets a little thicker after the over night cooling.

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Apple Pie

 

This has been a family recipe for over 30 years.  I think my Mom stole it from the NY Times way back in the 70’s (don’t tell anyone).   I have seen similar recipes on the internet… but this one really is great because it is a "cream" apple pie recipe.  

 

Start off by pealing and then slicing 2-3 green apples.  Be sure to put them in a bowl of water so they won’t turn brown.  Set aside.

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Next, combine sugar, flour, vanilla 2 eggs, and sour cream in a bowl.  Wisk this until it is smooth.

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Next, get the pie crust ready.  Being a lazy cook, I use these pre-made pie crusts.  The recipe uses 2 which is good since 2 come in each one of these packages.  USe 1 and place it on the bottom of a pie plate.

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Next, pour in the apples and some walnuts into the mix.  Pour everything into the pie plate.  Try to even things out so the apples and filling are distributed evenly.

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Next, cut the other pie crust into strips.

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Take your strips and place in a cross pattern on top of the pie!

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Last, place some slices of butter & brown sugar on top of the crust.  I used this Sugar’N Cinnamon mix and the Hawaiian touch: Maui pure cane sugar.

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This is what the pie looks like before going into the oven.  I’ve included a close up shot.

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Bake for 10 mins @450′ and then 45 minss @350′.  Tada….

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