It’s Thanksgiving again, which means I made a ton of food of all sorts. Our usual thanksgiving spread keeps us going for days. We do a duck, a variety of sides like green bean casserole, stuffing, and glazed carrots. My partner even baked some wheat nut bread from scratch that turned out pretty great! Of course, there’s one Thanksgiving staple I didn’t mention.
I’m not a fan of the usual canned cranberry sauces, but cranberries themselves are delicious and a staple of the Thanksgiving and general holiday season. So, I generally like to make something a little different using cranberries each year. In the past, for example, I made this chocolate galette with cranberries instead of cherries.
This time, I decided to make this dessert: a cranberry apple casserole. It’s sort of like a combination of a cobbler and a bit of a pie in the filling, but it’s really just a bunch of stuff thrown in a baking dish, which makes it fit the definition of a casserole pretty well.
This is a great holiday side or dessert recipe because it’s super fast and easy to throw together. As an added bonus, this is a great recipe to make the day before and just re-heat when you want to enjoy some of it. It goes great with ice cream, or just on its own. It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it has good variety in texture with the oats and fruit, and it’s thoroughly delicious.
Want to add this cranberry apple casserole to your holiday recipe list? Here’s how to make it.
Cranberry Apple Casserole
- Baking Dish I used a 9×9" for this recipe.
- Mixing Bowl
For the Topping
- 1½ Cups Oatmeal Old Fashioned Oats
- ½ Cup Salted Butter Melted
- ½ Cup Brown Sugar
- ½ Cup Chopped Pecans
- ⅓ Cup Flour
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
For the Fruit
- 3 Cups Apples Peeled, cored, and diced small.
- 3 Cups Cranberries Fresh!
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Prepare your baking dish by greasing it with some butter.
- In a mixing bowl, combine together the oats, brown sugar, pecans, flour, and cinnamon, and mix well. Add in the melted butter and combine, then set aside.
- Toss the apples in corn starch to coat. Then, add the cranberries and sugar, and further mix to coat them all.
- Spread the apple/cranberry mix in your baking dish. Then, spread the oat mixture on top evenly.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the fruit is tender and the topping is browning. Let rest for 10 minutes to cool before serving.