Canadian Thanksgiving: Enter the Apple

When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come first to mind? If you’re like most people, it’s a combination of things such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, pumpkin pie and of course, turkey. Yet all too often, one of the healthiest most flavorful options gets forgotten: apples!

Apples, many of which are fresh off the tree during this time, often make a dessert appearance in a good ‘ol fashion apple pie, but apples are great additions to any course! Who knows better about these things than Martha Stewart, who has plenty of Thanksgiving dish ideas that make great use of apples: Turkey with apples

For appetizers, butternut squash soup is a popular choice, but you can make it much more memorable with the tangy, sweet flavor that apples bring to the table.

For a side dish, consider adding another layer of flavor to your sweet potatoes by adding in some applesauce and topping the whole thing off with caramelized apples.

Other than the turkey itself, the most popular Thanksgiving dish is probably stuffing. This simple recipe helps ensure that with the help of apples, yours will be moist, unique and delicious!

While there’s lots of other tasty Thanksgiving apple recipes, like an apple slaw with grape dressing or a parsnip-apple mash, we would be amiss to forget dessert.

While you can never go wrong with a classic apple pie recipe, for something just as delicious in a fraction of the time, try cinnamon-roasted apples with pecans and ice cream (just watch out for browning – unless you’re using an Arctic® apple of course)!

It’s always easy to get comfortable with using the same recipes every year, but if you decide to mix it up and try out some of the above apple-themed recipes, you won’t regret it!

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About Joel Brooks

Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, Joel had the opportunity to experience apple growing first hand, a background that helped lead him to his role as Product & Special Projects Manager. Joel feels privileged to work with such great people towards a goal that’s so easy to get behind – helping people to eat more apples!