Commericial applesauce takes on new flavors with fresh ginger, thyme--and chopped pear. Serve Spiced Thyme Applesauce as a side dish or as a condiment over Sweet Potato Latkes.
1 cup chunky applesauce
1 large ripe pear, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Garnish: fresh thyme sprig
How to Make It
Stir together all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often, over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes or until pear is tender. Garnish, if desired.
Note: We tested with Musselman's Chunky Apple Sauce. To make ahead, prepare as directed. Cool completely (about 45 minutes). Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 days. Microwave in a microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring at 30-second intervals.
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I make this for every family holiday. The favors are so rich and interesting. The ingredients always surprise my guests, but once they try it, they can't get enough! This is a must keep recipe. I do triple or quadruple the recipe. As it is written, it will only serve a family of four.
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