Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

Ariel Bloomer '12Staff Writer

Whether you’re looking for a treat to make for your family, or something to bring to a potluck here on campus, the following recipes are sure to please. Modifications of traditional Thanksgiving fare, these side dishes are simple enough for a dorm kitchen, and are vegetarian/gluten-free friendly!

Easy Scalloped Apples (6-8 servings)

8 medium apples (peeled and sliced)

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

¾ teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

2 tablespoons butter

Place apple slices in a microwave-safe bowl.

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg; toss with apples to coat all the slices.

Dot with butter.

Cover. Microwave for 5-10 minutes until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries (4 servings)

1 lb sweet potato (peeled)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon of your favorite seasoning, adjust to taste (Cajun or Pumpkin Pie Spice recommended)

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Quarter the potatoes, then cut into ¼ inch thick strips.

Toss potatoes with oil and seasoning, then spread on lightly oiled baking sheet.

Bake in the lower 1/3 of the oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pumpkin Pie Dip (12 servings)

1 package of cream cheese (8 ounces), softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 can pumpkin pie filling (15 ounces)

1-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or to taste

Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

Add pie filling and pie spice.

Cover and chill for 8 hours.

Serve with apple slices, graham crackers, ginger snaps, or whatever catches your fancy.