Taste of Central Iowa

A variety of recipes

Today’s recipes include one for a Cranberry Applesauce side dish for Thanksgiving and two non-turkey recipes to try before the big upcoming feast,

Crock Pot Cranberry Applesauce

1 c. fresh cranberries

8 apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1/2 c. sugar

1 cinnamon stick, halved

6 whole cloves

ground nutmeg

Combine cranberries, apples and sugar in slow cooker. Place cinnamon and cloves in center of 6-inch square of cheesecloth. Pull up around sides; tie to form pouch. Place in pot. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hrs or until cranberries and apples are very soft.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

1 lb. skirt or flank steak

1/2 c. beef broth

1 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 tsp. cornstarch

4 tsp. oil

2-1/2 c. broccoli flowerets

1/2 c. onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. pepper

Slice steak across grain into thin slices. Add 2 teaspoons oil to wok and cook meat quickly over high heat. In small bowl, combine beef broth, soy sauce and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside. Remove meat from wok. Add remaining oil and cook vegetables, onions and garlic; stir-fry 4 to 5 minutes. Add steak to vegetables. Pour cornstarch mixture into steak until sauce thickens.

Vegetable Fried Rice

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 egg, beaten

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

3 scallions, sliced

1 celery rib, sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 c. frozen peas, thawed

1 (8 oz.) can sliced water chestnuts, drained

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce

2 c. cooked rice, cooled

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

In a large pan heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add egg and cook, stirring, until firm, about 2 minutes. Remove to a plate. Cut into small pieces.

In same wok, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over high heat, swirling to coat sides of pan. Add bell pepper, scallions, celery and garlic; stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add peas, water chestnuts, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Add rice, cooked egg and soy sauce. Stir-fry until hot, about 1 minute. Serve at once.