Contributed by:Karla Goodson,Tallahassee, Fla.

“My favorite standby (is) Apple Cheese Bake. It is easy, does not require any exotic ingredients, and I have never found anyone who does not like it. It is a great side dish to any holiday meal because it goes with everything.”

Ingredients

1 stick butter

1 cup sugar

pound Velveeta cheese

cup all-purpose flour

1 can sliced unsweetened apples (not pie filling)

Directions

Let butter and cheese come to room temperature. Cream butter and sugar by hand in mixing bowl using a large spoon. Add cheese; mix until well blended. Add flour and mix (it will be stiff).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain water from apples; arrange apple slices in lightly buttered 9-inch casserole dish and then, using spoon and table knife, cover with cheese mixture. (Note: this does not need to be perfectly arranged. The mixture will melt to cover the apples).

Bake uncovered for 30 to 45 minutes or until nicely browned on top.

Notes: Although it can be made with margarine, butter is always better. It is also better to bake right before the holiday meal, rather than the day before; it is not as good reheated in microwave. If you want to keep warm until everything is ready, simply take it out of oven and put a loose piece of foil over it rather than covering with glass top (to avoid condensation). This recipe can be easily doubled and baked in a larger dish.