When you think of Thanksgiving food, visions of turkey, pumpkin, and pecans are probably dancing through your head. But, what about fruit?
Admittedly, fruit may seem like more of a summer treat, but you’ll find that some of your favorite fruits actually shine brightest in the fall.
This year has been super weird, and there’s a good chance you’re not having the large gathering you usually do on Thanksgiving Day. Thus, now is the perfect time to experiment. We’re rethinking the Thanksgiving table to include a little more fresh, fruity goodness.
Here are the six easy ways to fill your fork with fruit in traditional and unexpected ways this Thanksgiving. We promise you won’t regret it.
We enjoy apples all year round, but they’re at their most delicious during Fall harvest time. The end of the season is fast approaching, so enjoy the new crops while you still can!
The Traditional – Apple Pie
What’s Thanksgiving without yummy pie? If you’re looking to mix it up, try a combination of apples and fresh berries. Either way, you can’t go wrong here.
The Unexpected – Squash & Apple Soup
Puree apples into butternut squash soup to give it a sweet flair that will make you feel warm and cozy inside. For an easy recipe, try this Speedy Squash Soup, courtesy of the Washington Apple Commission.
Did you know Washington is the 5th largest producer of cranberries in the country? Thanksgiving and Christmas are when this berry shines brightest. Your table won’t be complete without it!
The Traditional – Cranberry Sauce
This one is unarguably a Thanksgiving staple. Maybe this year will be the year you finally make it at home instead of buying a can! Take a twist on the timeless classic by including even more fruit like apples, pears, and oranges.
The Unexpected – Butternut Squash Side Dish & Cookies
For a quick and healthy side dish, combine dried cranberries with roasted butternut squash, Brussel sprouts, and toasted pecans. Stir in maple syrup and voila! Fresh white chocolate oatmeal cranberry cookies are also a delicious addition to the dessert table.
Washington and Oregon are responsible for producing 88% of America’s fresh pears. It seems only right that they receive a place in your Thanksgiving spread.
The Traditional – Baked Pears
Baked pears are one of the easiest ways to transform a simple fruit into a masterpiece. Cut a pear in half and bake it piled high with streusel, granola, spices, honey, and other fruits. The possibilities are endless!
The Unexpected – Bread Stuffing
Take your turkey to the next level by adding fruit to the stuffing. You can kiss dry turkey goodbye thanks to the fresh, sweet pop of pears. Check out this mouthwatering recipe for Bacon, Pear, Caramelized Onion Bread Stuffing from USA Pears.