Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blushing Apples

Generally speaking, the complementing side dishes that accompany my main entree are always the most challenging for me.  While I don't purposfully choose the most labor-intensive main dish, I will admit that for any given meal, my time and prep is wrapped up in the star of the meal.  So, I either have to plan my sides or have an easy go-to that I can whip up in essentially minutes.  What I love about this apple side is that they can be simmering while you are eating your main dinner.  They can pass as a simple dessert or can be a wonderful, fresh side dish to have towards the end of the meal.  (Who am I kidding?  I usually have some sort of "real" dessert lying around here!)

Anyway, simple.  Easy.  Prep friendly.

Blushing Apples
Source:  A Kraft Food & Family magazine (who knows which one!)

2 pkgs. strawberry flavored gelatin
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 cups water
4 medium apples, such as Granny Smith or Gala
whipped cream, optional

Combine dry gelatin mix and cinnamon in a large saucepan.  Add water.  Bring to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring frequently until gelatin is completely dissolved.

Core and peel apples.  Add to gelatin mixture in saucepan; partially cover saucepan with lid.  Return to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10-15 minutes until fork-tender.  Remove apples from liquid.

Serve warm and garnish with fresh whipped cream.  (Or cool and store in fridge at least 1 hour or overnight).

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