Friday, November 22, 2013

Cranberry Apple Fluff

You will need to plan ahead on this cranberry salad recipe because you need to let the cranberries sit over night with sugar.  This salad has been a staple at many of our Thanksgiving dinners and goes perfect with the turkey, potatoes and gravy.  I’m happy with just those on my plate.  I’ll take this over green bean casserole any time. 

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar (you can cut down the sugar if you like)
2 red apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups small marshmallows
1 cup of grapes or maraschino cherries (you pick)
8 oz. whipped topping like whipped topping

Chop cranberries in a processor until they are finely chopped.  Add the sugar and let set overnight in the refrigerator.  

Cut up apples in small pieces and add to cranberries.  Add walnuts, grapes or cherries and marshmallows.  Cut your grapes or cherries in half.  I prefer the cherries for the red color, but green grapes or red grapes are great also.  Fold in the whipped topping.  

Garnish with some cherries and walnuts on the top. 

Variations:  You can add 2 stalks of celery for more color or crunch.  I'd use it instead of the grapes or cherries.  It becomes a whole new salad.  You can use pecans if you like in place of the walnuts. 

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