MCC employee’s Cranberry Fluff recipe wins ‘GMA’ contest

Lee Ann Zech showed off her family’s Cranberry Fluff recipe to “GMA” co-host Michael Strahan in Times Square. (Photo by Lou Rocco, ABC)

And the winner of “Good Morning America’s” Ultimate Cranberry Challenge is … MCC employee Lee Ann Zech!

Zech, administrative assistant to MCC-Maple Woods president Dr. Utpal Goswami, was one of two “GMA” viewers whose cranberry recipes got them invited to appear on the show Nov. 22, two days before Thanksgiving.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Ocean Spray sponsors GMA's ultimate cranberry challenge on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, November 22, 2016, airing on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lou Rocco) LEE ANN ZECH, MICHAEL STRAHAN, TAMI CHARLES
Lee Ann Zech (from left) with Michael Strahan and cranberry rival Tami Charles on “GMA” (Photo by Lou Rocco, ABC)

Zech told “GMA” co-host Michael Strahan that her mom was making Cranberry Fluff, a sweet side dish, 40 years ago. Zech’s own kids love it, too: “They beg for it every holiday season.” (Around her house, the dish is known simply as “the Fluff.”)

Her cranberry competitor, Tami Charles, made a cranberry relish, another family recipe. But in the end, “GMA’s” judging panel awarded all 4’s to Zech and all 3’s to Charles.

Zech scored a trophy, a $250 gift card and an Ocean Spray gift basket.

Here’s her now nationally famous recipe for “the Fluff.” Watch the “GMA” segment below.

Lee Ann Zech’s Cranberry Fluff

1 bag cranberries

2 tablespoons orange juice

2 cups sugar

1 container whipped topping

1 package mini-marshmallows

1 cup chopped apples (or pineapple)

1 cup slivered almonds (or walnuts or pecans)

Chop the cranberries using a food processor. Combine cranberries with orange juice and sugar and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, combine cranberry mixture with whipped topping, marshmallows, fruit and nuts. Refrigerate for at least two hours to set up, then serve as a side dish or as a pie topping.

Click here to watch the “GMA” segment.