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The World’s Easiest Side Dish

Posted Nov 28 2009 10:05pm

Wow, this week really got in the way of blogging!  Just kidding!  I pretty much unplugged for most of the week and it was a nice little break.  I ate nonstop, shopped way more than I should have, and actually thought a lot about my future.  I’m thinking of going to culinary school!  Has anyone done that?  What do you think?  Secretly, I just want to keep collecting degrees and have a million diplomas on my wall.  Being a student forever would be fantastic!  How has your week been?  How was Thanksgiving?

Though it doesn’t require a whole lot of culinary skill (meaning my 4 year old nephew could make this with little help!), this is one of my favorite fall side dishes to make and bring this time of year.  It’s fairly inexpensive and delicious.  My mom found this recipe years ago, or maybe she made it up.  Either way, it’s become a staple for us and I wanted to share it with all of you!

First, spray a casserole dish, a pyrex or whatever you have lying around with some cooking spray.  Empty 2 cans of apple pie filling into the dish and spread it around.  You could make your own filling, but then this wouldn’t be easy anymore.  Having that glass of wine while you cook it might make things a little tricky if you try to make apple pie filling.  Maybe, it’s not that hard.  Trust me, take the easy way out on this one.

Now, take 4 boxes of thawed, frozen squash and spread them on top of the apples.  I suppose you could make your own squash puree, but why are you making this difficult on yourself?  Frozen veggies are your friend!

Now you take some chopped walnuts (you could chop them yourself, but if you are going to do that, then you haven’t been listening to me about taking the easy way out!).  Throw the walnuts in a tupperware with cinnamon and sugar (I used raw sugar this time because it had an easy pour spout and clearly I was feeling lazy).  There’s not a whole lot of reason to bother measuring.  Go with whatever feels right.  Shake it up so your walnut pieces are covered in cinnamon sugar goodness.

Pour this on top of the squash.  Have another sip of wine.  You’re almost done.  This recipe is a joke, it’s so easy.

Put a few pats of butter, vegan spread, margarine or whatever your heart desires on top.  You might want to spread them out a little.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.  The top with carmelize and everything will be heated through.  While you wait, decide to cook 3 more things for the big family dinner and have more wine.  You can do that, because this is so simple, drinking is a must!

There you have it.  The world’s easiest side dish.  Maybe it’s not the most aesthetic dish, but boy is it delicious!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?  What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving this year?  Did you try anything new?

I didn’t try anything new, but I did introduce my whole family to kabocha.  It was roasted with a whole bunch of veggies (btw, I used to hate brussel sprouts, but roasted they are amazing!) and everyone loved it (not as much as Sophia though.  Girl loves her kabocha!)

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Tagged: apples, cinnamon sugar, side dish, squash, thanksgiving, vegetarian, walnuts
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