Sunday, December 4, 2011

A "gotta try this" family favorite recipe

It's the most wonderful time of the year! You know...the time when you actually want to get out your favorite cook books to get ready for the frenzy of holiday parties and dinners. I have a notebook with family favorite recipes in it. Most of the time I don't need to look at it. But when we are talking about Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve, I want to make sure I have all the ingredients needed in order to prepare our family’s favorite and long-established dishes. After glancing into the old notebook, I immediately landed at a page with a recipe that will be great to prepare for the upcoming holidays - baked apricots. The recipe is very simple, and it requires very little preparation time. Baked apricots are a great substitute for sweet potato casserole, but we will have both ha ha! I do not know the origin of it, but I’d like to share the recipe with you because there are very few ingredients. You simply combine them together and stick it in the oven to bake.

Grandma Anne made baked apricots for Thanksgiving. They were incredible as usual. After baking, the brown sugar combined with the melted butter, caramelizing the apricots and giving them the unique flavor that make this golden and bubbly dish a winner every time.


3 (15 ounce) cans apricot halves, drained
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
50 buttery Ritz crackers, crumbled
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In an 8x12 inch baking pan, layer half of apricots, brown sugar, cracker crumbs, and butter. Repeat. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

 Apricots are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and loaded in beta carotene. Apricots are also an excellent source of iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium.

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