A lot of times Thanksgiving is a potluck event among families. That means you have to sign up for one or two things and you strive to make them the BEST things brought to the table. I can’t tell you how much cooking advice and ideas I’m asked for this time of year. I love throwing ideas out there and helping people get their creative juices flowing!
This year I teamed up with my new friend Alyssa Raymond from WTHR to give you some fun ideas for my two favorite Thanksgiving things. Side dishes and desserts! I really do love turkey, and totally understand why it’s the main event, but side dishes and desserts pack so much flavor and give so much opportunity for creativity!
This first recipe I focused on was an apple brownie. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE apple pie, but sometimes it’s fun to put a different twist on one of my favorite fall fruits. Apple Brownie is warm, gooey, comforting, and goes perfect with the same things you top apple pie with. So, make sure to have vanilla ice cream on hand and don’t forget to whip up my salted caramel sauce too!
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 baking dish.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, and egg until pale yellow and fluffy. Fold in apples.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Combine wet and dry ingredients just until incorporated. Do not over mix!
Spread evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce.