Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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.
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).