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It Looks Like Dessert; That’s Why This Cranberry Alternative Is The Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish!

If you’re like me and don’t like bog fruit cranberries, you probably scour for ways to dress them up. It’s just like having a unique spin on a favorite casserole or the best way to make gravy. Well, I have an answer. I promise this cranberry apple crisp is not for dessert – it’s the best Thanksgiving side ever!


Cranberry Apple Crisp

Yields approximately 8 servings


  • 3 medium honey crisp apples
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • coarse salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Quarter apples lengthwise, then thinly slice. Toss in a large bowl with cranberries, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt until evenly coated.
  2. Butter an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish. Mix pecans, flour, oats, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt in a bowl until combined. Work in butter with your fingertips until topping is crumbly, with pea-size chunks.
  3. Spread apple mixture in prepared dish; sprinkle with topping. Bake until filling is bubbling and topping is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes
  4. Let cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!
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