Nov 22, 2023 - Food and Drink

2 sweet recipes to balance out your turkey dinner

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

We are thankful for readers who sent their favorite Thanksgiving recipes to share with our community!

  • Here are two delicious sides to sweeten up your Turkey Day spread.

🍒 Cranberry Cherry Sauce

From Tracy Z. and her kids, Taylor and Haley

Ingredients:

1 16-oz. package of fresh cranberries

1 6-8-oz. package of dried tart cherries

2 cups of cherry cider

2 cups of white sugar

1/8 tsp. of dried cloves

Directions:

  • Bring cider to a boil on a stovetop and stir in sugar. Start with one cup of sugar and add to taste during the process.
  • At boil, lower heat slightly and add cranberries, stirring until all cranberries are popped. Add cherries and cloves, stir. Taste for sweetness and adjust if needed.
  • Continue at low boil for two minutes, take the pan off heat and cover. Let sit. Make the day before for the best flavor.

😋 Gingerbread

From Matt G.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of creamed butter
  • 2 cups of brown sugar, packed firm
  • 2½ cups of light molasses
  • Rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons of ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of currants
  • 1¼ cups of milk
  • 1½ teaspoons of baking soda
  • 4 eggs (yolks and whites beaten separately)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream the butter and beat in sugar, lemon, ½ cup of milk and egg yolks. Add the molasses.
  • Sift in flour and beat thoroughly. Add egg whites.
  • Dissolve baking soda in 1 tablespoon of hot water and combine with remaining milk. Add to mixture.
  • Bake in pans that have been greased and floured.
  • Gingerbread is done when it separates from the sides.
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