Friday, July 4

Holiday weekend picnic food!

Hard to believe (for me, anyway) that it is already July 4th. We traditionally do a picnic with lots of yummy food, usually at a forest preserve or state park, and then go watch fireworks.

One dish I have brought for the last few years is Taffy Apple Salad. This is so delicious and tastes so much like a taffy apple it is incredible. I admit that the ingredient list looks a little bizarre; it is hard to imagine that it will taste like a taffy apple at the end! This is also gluten-free, since I do not want to be responsible for poisoning my mom!

taffy apple salad

Taffy Apple Salad
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
4 large apples, cored and diced with peel (I use 2 red delicious and 2 granny smith, for extra color)
1.5 cups Spanish peanuts (variable to your taste; I think 2 cups is too much, hubby thinks 1 is too little)
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip

In a medium saucepan combine the cornstarch, sugar, egg yolk, vinegar and reserved pineapple juice. Cook over medium heat until thick. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl combine the apples, pineapple, Spanish peanuts, and cooled cooked mixture. Fold in Cool Whip and chill for at least 1 hour before serving, preferably overnight.

Enjoy, and a happy 4th to everyone in the US!

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