Wednesday, November 21, 2007

THANKSGIVING SALAD ~ CLASSIC WALDORF & WALDORF (REVISITED)

"Be thankful if you have a whole sandwich,
you have one-half to share."
~ Anne La Flamme
( mother)
~ Lives intertwined
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CLASSIC WALDORF
~ Thanksgiving was never complete without Mom's classic 'luxurious' salad.
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3-4 unpeeled & diced Red Delicious apples
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup halved seedless red grapes
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 cup whipped cream ( only some years)
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Sprinkle lemon juice on chopped apples and combine with celery, grapes and walnuts. Combine mayonnaise or Miracle Whip and sugar. (Fold in whipped cream). Pour over fruit mixture and gently fold in. (6 servings)
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WALDORF SALAD (Revisited)
~ Tweaked throughout the years from an old Bon Appetit recipe.
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4 unpeeled and diced Red Delicious apples
2 unpeeled and diced Granny Smith apples
juice and zest of 1 lemon
2/3 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
1 1/3 cup halved red seedless red grapes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp. sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
Candied walnuts or pecans
Sprinkle lemon juice over chopped apples and combine with celery, grapes and dried cranberries or cherries. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon zest and sugar. Pour over fruit mixture and gently fold in. Arrange on festive colored lettuce leaves and top with candied walnuts or pecans. (6 servings)
Candied walnuts or pecans
3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 generous tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups walnuts or pecans (whole or chopped)
  • Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. combine corn syrup and next 4 ingredients in large bowl. Stir to blend. Add nuts; stir gently to coat. Transfer to baking sheet.
  • Place large piece of foil on work surface. Bake nuts 5 minutes. Using fork, stir nuts to coat with melted spice mixture. Continue baking until nuts are golden and coating bubbles about 10 minutes. Transfer to foil. working quickly, separate nuts with fork. cool. (Can be made ahead and stored at room temperature).

3 comments:

Kerri said...

Wow - this one pulls at my heart....love the photos but the Waldorf Salad recipe is what makes it for me....this is something my Mom (76) makes often for my Dad
(85).

jodi said...

I've never made Waldorf salad, but I think I'll make your version for our family Christmas supper. It sounds wonderful--only I'll use fresh, rather than dried, cranberries because I like the tang of them. And the composition photo of the daisies is exquisite too!

Catherine said...

The salad sounds yummy Joey! More beautiful photo's! I love the window..how beautiful! Is that a window on your house..? If so ..how lucky are you! :)
Cat