So there have been many questions about this mysterious "Yifties" thing that I put on the Thanksgiving menu...they are also found on my family's Christmas menu.
So what are they? Well, I don't know for sure, but the story is that a family from Northern Europe befriended my grandparents...Yifties was a dish that they brought from the "Old Country".
My grandparents loved them so much, they insisted on getting the family recipe and they became a family holiday staple.
They are very easy to make, very pretty to present and taste fantastic...even for someone like me who is not the biggest Cranberry fan.
So, at the risk of exposing all the family secrets, here is the way to make Yifities....
Home whipped whip cream
Cranberry sauce (canned is fine, jarred is better, homemade is best...but no orange!)
Take the Ritz Crackers, put them in a ziplock and crush them up. It will probably take 2 full rolls of Ritz.
Make the whipped cream by taking heavy whipping cream, beating it to stiff peaks, adding in vanilla and sugar. You want to make sure it is not too sweet as that turns the Yifties into a dessert as opposed to a cranberry sauce substitute.
Now, layer the ingredients in a clear bowl...Ritz Crackers, Cranberry Sauce, Whipped Cream. You should have at least 2 layers of each, but the bigger the bowl, the more layers you will have.
They are sort of a parfait, but not.
They are best if made the night before (store in the fridge)...this allows the flavors to fully come together. Serve chilled and with the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, not with dessert.
Let me know what you think? Those of you who have tried them, thoughts?