Let’s say you’re needing one more side dish. Something simple that everybody will enjoy from Uncle Ned to Baby Lulu. How about a make-ahead dish that’s healthy and doesn’t require a dozen ingredients and goes with any meat or poultry dish. (Drum Roll)
Cook up a pot of Homemade Applesauce! Start with a mix of apples—I prefer the Jonathans, Jonagolds and a few Granny Smiths, but most any will do. Peel ‘em, or not, it works both ways. Cut them in chunks and place in a large pot with a bit of water (about a ½ inch) to make sure they don’t stick. Smack on the lid and let those puppies cook to a pulp. Mash and serve chunky or put through a food press to puree and separate out the skins for a smooth sauce.
Add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, as you wish. Season lightly at first, then taste, and adjust as needed. I bought 20 apples and they nearly filled a large mixing bowl. Since I have 41 guests coming for Thanksgiving, I’ll not likely have any left, but if there is, it’ll works for any meal thereafter.