Can you believe it’s already November?! Craziness, right?! And with Thanksgiving just weeks (!!) away, I figure you guys are probably starting to make your holiday eating plans. But before you finalize them, let me and the folks at CorningWare try to convince you to host a Friendsgiving Party like I did!
If you’re like me, your friends are just as important as your family and sometimes, you just want an informal Thanksgiving meal without all the fuss of dodging ancient Aunt Helga’s questions about your love life. I don’t blame you! A Friendsgiving is a modern, fun and updated Thanksgiving that’s far less fussy than your traditional dinner. The food can be a potluck style, Chinese takeout, a spin on the traditional fare, Italian food bar… really, whatever your preference! And it just gives you a chance to reconnect during the craziness of the holidays and enjoy one another’s company. Preferably with wine 🙂
So to celebrate their awesome CW Color by CorningWare collection of dishes (which are gorgeous, by the way!) I hosted my very own Friendsgiving and invited some of my favorite peeps over. I went with a more traditional fare-route, but honestly, I kind of wished I’d thrown an Italian food bar because how awesome, right? At least there’s time for a second Friendsgiving before the big meal!
Since I love to cook as well as bake, I took over the food and insisted my pals bring the booze and good conversation. Plus, it gave me a chance to try out and display my CW by CorningWare Color Collection of dish wares! The CW Color line features bright, vibrant colored dishware that nests together easily for compact storage, have a modern, contemporary design and come in a variety of sizes and shapes for both cooking and displaying. Made of durable stoneware, they’re oven, microwave and dishwasher safe and are sturdy enough for every day use or great to break out for entertaining. And they were a fab conversation piece at my Friendsgiving table!
Did I mention the CW by CorningWare collection reaaaally made my Deep Dish Salted Caramel Apple Pie stand out? I mean, look at the caramel! It totally popped against the gorgeous sea-blue color of their larger dish.
If you’d like to WIN a four-piece collection of CW by CorningWare, just fill out the rafflecopter prompt below! I’ll randomly choose a winner on 11/10 so you’ll have plenty of time to cook up something fun and fanciful for your very own Friendsgiving!
Now, let’s talk PIE. I’m a huuuuuge fan of pie and always make room for not one, but two slices (or more… let’s be honest). And deep dish pie? Ermahgerd, I’m all about it! This recipe couldn’t be simpler and features a phenomenal crumble on top, giving this pie some more texture, chew, and deliciousness. Then the whole thing is topped with a luscious salted caramel sauce. Really, if we’re being completely honest… I’m most thankful that I had leftovers of this 🙂
*slightly adapted from Taste of Home
- 1 pkg (2 count) refrigerated pie crusts, at room temperature
- 10 cups (about 6 large) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into pieces
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp flour
- 1 & ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- FOR CRUMBLE:
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Salted Caramel Sauce (prepared from your favorite brand; I used Smuckers Simple Delights)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside. Meanwhile, on a large, clean work surface, lay the pie crusts on top of one another and roll them out to help press them together and to make them about the size of the baking dish. Press the pie crust layer into the baking dish evenly along the bottom and up the sides; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, white sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and gently toss to coat. Spread the apple mixture evenly into the pie crust; top with HALF of the salted caramel sauce. Then, in a smaller bowl, combine the crumble ingredients (brown sugar, flour, butter, oats and cinnamon) until coarse and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble on top until it covers the apples completely, or as close to it as possible.
- Bake for approx. 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden and the mixture is bubbly. Check on the pie at about the 30 minute mark to see if you need to tent the crumble to prevent it from burning. Allow the pie to cool completely before cutting into squares, then top with the remaining salted caramel sauce.
Buttery, crumbly, sweet, tart and loaded with luscious salted caramel — no, I’m not describing myself but rather this fantastic, foolproof apple pie! You will never want to bake a traditional pie again once you’ve had a bite of this monstrous deep dish version, swimming in salted caramel. It’s a total showstopper!
In case you were wondering about my other Friendsgiving meal items, here’s where I found those recipes!
Slow Cooker Turkey from Six Sister’s Stuff
Bacon Brussels Sprouts from Food Network
Green Bean Casserole from the back of the French’s Fried Onion can
Stuffing made from Mrs. Cubbison’s Cornbread Stuffing mix
Panera-Copycat Mac & Cheese from Rachel Cooks
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Have a fantastical day!!
In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with a set of CW by CorningWare dishes to review and cook with, along with compensation to create a Friendsgiving meal. All opinions and ideas expressed are 100% my own.