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Published November 22, 2011, 12:00 AM

Famous North Dakotans share their favorite Thanksgiving recipes

More reader favorites from Mikey Hoeven and Darin Erstad.

By Mikey Hoeven

These are two of my favorites for the holiday.

Pumpkin Bread

1½ cup sugar

1/3 cup Crisco

Cream together sugar & Crisco

2 eggs - beaten into sugar and Crisco

Add 1/3 cup water and 1 cup pumpkin. Mix well

Sift dry ingredients:

½ tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground cloves

1 2/3 cups flour

Mix and add to above mixture

Grease and flour loaf pan. Makes one loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on a rack.


Sour Cream Apple Squares

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup margarine or butter, softened

1 cup chopped nuts

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

2 cups finely chopped peeled apples

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and margarine. Beat at low speed until crumbly. Stir in nuts. Press 2¾ cups crumb mixture in bottom of ungreased 9x13 pan.

To remaining mixture, add cinnamon, baking soda, salt, sour cream, vanilla and egg. Mix well. Stir in apples. Spoon evenly over crumb mixture in pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into squares. If desired, serve warm or cool with whipped cream or ice cream.


Darin Erstad’s favorite Thanksgiving recipe

Cheesy Potatoes

1 2-lb. bag of hash browns

½ cup melted butter

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

½ cup chopped onions

1 can cream of chicken soup

12 oz. sour cream

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Spread potatoes in bottom of 9x13 greased pan. Drizzle melted butter. Mix together remaining ingredients in separate bowl. Spread over potatoes.

Topping: 2 cups crushed corn flakes, ¼ cup melted butter

Mix topping ingredients together. Add to potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

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