Wow...another Thanksgiving is over. Weren't we just sharing Minnesota State Fair pics? This year, I had to deal with two vegetarians, a mother-in-law who was looking forward to tradition, and an onion hater. Seriously, how can you do a proper meal with no onions? That was worse than dealing with no meat. I did manage to pull it off, however. A huge thanks to convenience foods is in order....and to Boston Market, for being open on Thanksgiving, so my MIL could have turkey. :)
While I am a day late with the Thanksgiving meal post, I would like to share a quick alternative to cranberries (in our case, it is in addition to cranberries). Every year, without fail, I make a hot fruit compote to go with the meal. Usually, there is so much food that I have most of it leftover. This is a good thing since hot fruit compote turns into delicious cold fruit compote. Or warmed up fruit compote. At any rate, you can put this easy recipe in your pocket for Christmas.
Hot Fruit Compote
- 1 (8oz) package assorted dried fruit, cut up*
- 1-1 1/2 cups white or zinfandel wine
- 1 (20 oz) can chunk pineapple
- 1 (20 oz) can cherry pie filling
*I like to add 5 or 6 additional prunes since there never enough in the bag.
Place cut up dried fruit in a 2 QT casserole dish; pour enough wine over the fruit to just cover it. Refrigerate the fruit for several hours or overnight.
I leave mine in the fridge overnight. The fruit plumps up really nice from the wine.
I don't think there is any other time of year when I use canned products as much as on Thanksgiving. There is so much to do, the convenience is so welcome.
Be careful! This is lava hot when it comes out of the oven. Just stir it up and let it sit for a few minutes before digging in.
My favorite is to have it with leftovers the next day.
It's especially good on Dutch Pancakes.
So, what other convenience foods helped me out on Thanksgiving?
Good old Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Everyone loves these.
How about you? Was everything from scratch, or did you open a can and/or a tube?