Fresh Friday 11.13.09 - Thanksgiving Edition

Isalys's Choice:
Oat Topped Sweet Potato Crisp
Prep Time: 20 min | Total Time:1 hr | Makes: 8 servings

What You Need:

1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 can (40 oz.) cut sweet potatoes, drained
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, divided
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2/3 cup chopped cranberries
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/3 cup cold butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans

Make It!
HEAT oven to 350°F.
BEAT cream cheese, potatoes, 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon with mixer until well blended. Spoon into 1-1/2-qt. casserole; top with apples and cranberries.
MIX flour, oats and remaining sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle over fruit layer in casserole.
BAKE 35 to 40 min. or until heated through.
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Vanessa's Choice:
Ultimate Chocolate Caramel Pecan Pie
Prep Time: 30 min | Total Time: 3 hr 15 min | Makes: 10 servings

What You Need:

3 cups chopped PLANTERS Pecans, divided
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 pkg. (14 oz.) KRAFT Caramels
2/3 cup whipping cream, divided
1 pkg. (8 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Make It!
HEAT oven to 350°F.
BLEND 2 cups nuts in blender until finely ground, using pulsing action. Mix with granulated sugar and butter; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch pie plate. Bake 12 to 15 min. or until lightly browned. Cool completely. (If crust puffs up during baking, gently press down with back of spoon.)
MICROWAVE caramels and 1/3 cup whipping cream in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2-1/2 to 3 min. or until caramels are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after each minute. Pour into crust. Chop remaining nuts; sprinkle over caramel layer.
COOK chocolate, remaining whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in saucepan on low heat just until chocolate is completely melted, stirring constantly. Pour over pie; gently spread to evenly cover top. Refrigerate 2 hours.

*12 more days til Turkey Day*

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