Emmy-azing TV Dinner – Part 2! Make it Sweet with Apple Crisp!

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Dessert | September 17, 2017 | By

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When I was growing up, we always wanted TV dinners. I guess it’s because my mother cooked every night and we wanted “normal” American experiences like we saw on TV shows (yes, the TV was one of our favorite babysitters! Hahaha!)
We were only allowed junk food and/or TV dinners on Saturday nights, which was the night my parents would go out to dinner or “discoteque-ing” at Regine’s. Yes, my parents have always been swanky, but I digress. TV dinners combined 2 of my favorite things: television AND dinner!
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In honor of tonight’s Emmy® Awards, I wanted to do a homemade version of a classic TV dinner. Thanks to my friend Joe Becwar and his mom’s recipe for Meatloaf, we’ve got the entree with a side of potatoes and carrots.  But there must always be dessert!!!
There was always a fruity little section of the tin plate dinner which was the final section to finish off on the rare and exciting instances when we were permitted the indulgence of a TV dinner. They called it a cobbler but it certainly wasn’t that. In honor of whatever it actually was (that was oddly satisfying), I thought a simple and scrumptious apple crisp was necessary!
Here’s how:
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KitchAnnette TV Dinner Apple Crisp Ingredients

The most “dangerous” part of this recipe is how easy it is. I not only made the single portion sizes but brought a full 8″ x 8″ dish to Joe and his family in Southampton. Their discerning palates are in love. I must admit, it’s absolutely delicious! Top it with your favorite ice cream, whipped cream, or just enjoy it on it’s own.

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A complete TV dinner must include an entree and veggies so click here to read all about it – Meatloaf with Potatoes & Carrots!

Happy Emmys®!

KitchAnnette TV Dinner Apple Crisp Joe Annette







Apple Crisp

Annette Zito, KitchAnnette™
Servings 4


The Apples

  • • 1 large apple cored, peeled, & cubed
  • • 2 tbsp sugar
  • • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

The Streusel

  • • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • • 1/4 cup flour
  • • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • • 1 pinch salt
  • • 2 tbsp butter cold and cut into small pieces


  • Mix apples with sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, add oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter. Hand mix until well combined.
  • Distribute apples evenly into 4 greased 3” ramekins. Top liberally with streusel.
  • Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until the streusel is golden brown. Cool and serve!


To make an 8" x 8" pan, increase ingredients to the following:
4 apples, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup oats, 3/4 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup butter. Baking time increases to 45-50 minutes.
You can replace apples with blueberries. For 8" x 8" pan, you'll need 5 cups. Reserve about 1/4 cup to sprinkle over the streusel before baking.

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