Even though spring has officially started, right now apples are still abundant at our local farmers' markets and grocery stores!
In the fall, regular trips to the local orchard are part of the Henderiks routine and we love it! After picking the apples we stop for cider, then head home to brainstorm apple creations. Some favorites are: applesauce, baked apples over ice cream, apple crisp, apple butter, apple pie, roasted potatoes with apples and onions, caramelized apples, dried apples, and apple-walnut muffins.
Apples are one of America's most popular fruits. They are sweet, tasty, portable, kid-friendly, low-calorie, inexpensive, and healthy. They pretty much justify the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away!"
Click here to see The Ultimate Guide to Apples
- Apples are fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free.
- Want to drop a few pounds? Try eating an apple about a half-hour before your meal. Apples are filling so you will most likely eat less.
- Eat the whole apple and nothing but the whole apple! Nearly half of the vitamin C is just underneath the skin and the skin contains much of the insoluble fiber and flavor.
- Apples are filled with phytonutrients and antioxidants that help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and may fight cancer.
- Pick an apple for vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K; folate and niacin; and minerals potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
- Apples are not at the top of the list when it comes to fiber (about 5 grams each) but a substance called "pectin" found in apples works with other substances in the apple to offer the kind of health benefits you find in really high-fiber foods. In other words, the pectin kicks it up a disease-prevention notch.
- A medium-sized apple has about 90 calories.
- Apples at room temperature ripen six to 10 times faster than if they were refrigerated. The best apple storage temperature is around 40 degrees.
- Rule of thumb: red and Golden Delicious are very sweet, Braeburn and Fuji apples are slightly tart, and Pippin and Granny Smith apples are really tart.
- Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices from turning brown.
- One pound of apples is about three medium-sized apples.
- One apple yields about 1 cup, chopped finely.
- One pound of apples, cored and sliced yields about 4 ½ cups.
- One 9-inch pie requires about 2 pounds of apples.
- Jazz up a raw apple with cinnamon, mint, vanilla, or a thin slice of sharp cheese.
- Sauté diced apples with onions for a delicious addition to sandwiches, chutney, potatoes, or any roasted meat.
Click here to see the Easy Baked Apples Recipe
- Apples are a member of the rose family.
- The apple is the official state fruit of Rhode Island, New York, Washington, and West Virginia, and the apple blossom is the official state flower of Arkansas and Michigan.
- The apple tree originally came from Eastern Europe and Southwestern Asia.
- Planting an apple seed from a particular apple will not produce a tree of that same variety.
- It takes energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
- In the biblical story of Adam and Eve there is actually no mention that the forbidden fruit in was actually an apple.
- Johnny Appleseed's name is really John Chapman.
How Do You Like These Apples?
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."
— Martin Luther
"It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man."
— Henry David Thoreau
"I've never seen such a bunch of apple-eaters."
— J.D. Salinger
"With an apple I will astonish Paris."
— Paul Cezanne
"Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple..."
— J.K. Rowling
"Statistics are to baseball what a flaky crust is to Mom's apple pie."
— Harry Reasoner
Diane Henderiks is a personal chef and culinary nutritionist on a mission to teach America how to cook and eat well. Follow her on Twitter @dhenderiks, "Like" Diane on Facebook, or visit her website.
Baked Stuffed Apples
1. Trim a 1/4" off the top of each apple. Using vegetable peeler, peel the skin off the top 1/3 of the apples.
2. With a melon baller, scoop out the core and seeds of the apples leaving the bottom intact.
3. Place 1/2 Tablespoon of butter in the bottom of each apple.
4. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Combine with dried fruits and nuts. Fill apples with this mixture by packing it tightly into the apples. Reserve any of the mixture that does not fit into the apples.
5. Place apples into a 8 X 8 microwave safe dish. Sprinkle remaining dried fruit and nut mixture around the apples. Pour the apple cider over the apples, then drizzle on the maple syrup.
6. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Place the dish into the microwave and cook on high for 8 to 12 minutes or until the apples are tender when pierced with a knife.
7. While the apples are cooking, you can prepare the sauce. Pour the melted ice cream into a bowl and mix in the dark rum. Refrigerate sauce until ready to use.
8. Place an apple in a serving bowl. Ladle juices around the apple. Pour sauce over each apple and serve.
COOK'S NOTES: We used a combination of cherries, apricots, cranberries and pecans. Use your family's favorite dried fruits and nuts. The variations are limited only by your imagination. You can safely melt the ice cream by placing the container in the refrigerator for several hours.
Nutritional Analysis: Cal: 486 Tot fat: 19g Chol: 45mg Sodium: 115 mg Tot Carb: 79 g Fiber: 6g Pro: 4gm
Roasted Apples – The Perfect Unexpected Side Dish
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When I was making a divine pork dish I could not, for the life of me, figure out what would be a great side that would accent the pork but not steal the show – kinda like a “Robin” to the main entree’s “Batman”.
I had one of my culinary “aha” moments when I happened to look at the fruit basket and saw some gorgeous apples just sitting there waiting for some attention. Thankfully, there’s always Ms. Martha to the rescue with a recipe for Roasted Apples. A quick slice with my favorite apple slicer/corer, a quick toss with some warm cinnamon and a little sugar, followed by a sauna in the oven and these apples were ready to accept their Supporting Side Dish Award. I love roasting veggies and fruits – it add so much flavor. You could vary the recipe a few ways – like using Granny Smith apples in lieu of Gala or add a bit of thyme or rosemary when you roast these lovelies – the possibilities are endless! Heck – for those that love a bit of heat – add a touch of cayenne to the mix and go wild.
Next time you are looking for something outside of the typical roasted potatoes, why not give these Roasted Apples a whirl. I can pretty much guarantee you are going to want to make double – there will be no leftovers.
Gather the ingredients
Freshly cored, sliced and ready for the oven. A piece may or may not have been slipped to the Jr. Sous Pug.
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80+ Best Apple Recipes to Try, From Sweet to Savory
Fall's favorite fruit tastes better than ever with these recipes.
Come fall, the weather starts to cool, you can sleep with the windows open again, and it's time to go apple picking at your local orchard and bring home way too many apples. Well, "too many" is a matter of opinion. After all, who says you can't enjoy an healthy apple recipe for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert?
In the fall, you can&mdashand thanks to these apple recipes that are both savory and sweet, you won't have a hard time deciding exactly what to make. Whether you're looking for a new apple pie recipe, apple crisp recipe, apple butter recipe, baked apple recipe, or something else entirely, we're confident there's an incredibly delicious dish on our list you'll love. From Instagram-worthy apple cake recipes to crumbly apple cobbler recipes, we've found the best fruity, autumn treats your family and fall dinner party guests won't be able to get enough of.
And lest you think we've stopped at apple dessert recipes, think again: We've also included a ton of savory apple recipes that take care of your main course and appetizers too. Seared sausage with cabbage and Pink Lady apples makes for a filling breakfast that's sure to satisfy a large crowd, while an apple Cheddar waffle sandwich will delight kids and grown-ups alike. When it comes to apple dishes for dinner though, nothing's quite as scrumptious as apple pork chops&mdashwhich is why we've got a recipe for that too! The good news? No matter which apple recipe you choose here, you're bound to end up happy, full, and craving more.
7 Recipes to Make with Your Apple-Picking Haul
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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.
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Now that you’ve foraged pounds of apples, it’s time to get cooking. Start with the basics like Ina’s deep-dish apple pie or a simple salad. If you’re looking for something on the trendier side, hasselback your apples for a simple dessert with a pretty, Instagram-ready presentation. Chances are you’ll have more than enough apples to make a few of the dishes on this list.
Pick your apples Saturday afternoon and use them for a healthy breakfast on Sunday. Bobby Flay’s baked apples with oatmeal will warm you up when there’s an autumn chill in the air and couldn’t be easier to make. You’ll carve the apples into bowls, bake them and fill them with warm oatmeal. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and serve.
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald
To ditch the classic apple pie over caloric concerns would be downright unpatriotic, so instead we solved apple pie's biggest nutritional setback—serving size—by wrapping up neat little packets of sweetened, spiced apple chunks in flaky puff pastry.
Get our recipe for Apple Turnovers.
Baked Apples with Cinnamon
This baked apples recipe with cinnamon makes a great side dish or dessert for a delicious Fall meal. Food blogger Jenna Weber shares tips for picking out the perfect apples for baking in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.
Jenna Weber is half of the Fresh Tastes blog team. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2008 and, since then, has worked as a pastry chef, bread baker and freelance food editor. Currently, Jenna blogs full-time on EatLiveRun.com where her delicious daily recipes and quirky culinary musings appeal to thousands. She lives in Northern California and, when not in the kitchen, can usually be found on her yoga mat.
Maple Carrots and Apples
Halloween is over, and it's time to plan for Thanksgiving! While the turkey is usually the star of the show, make sure to give some thought to the side dishes as well.
With the turkey and stuffing taking over the oven, I like to find veggie dishes that are cooked on the stovetop. This one is easy to prep, cooks in under 30 minutes, and is full of fall flavor.
If you're hosting a small dinner, or just want to make this on a weeknight, cut the recipe in half and use a smaller saucepan. All of the cooking times remain the same.
Use a firm baking apple, one that won't break apart during cooking. I used honeycrisp (my favorite apple!), but Granny Smith and Gala apples would work well, too.
It's a pretty simple dish, and a nice change from plain microwave-steamed carrots. It's an interesting combination of flavors and textures, and it was a big hit when I served it with cider-glazed chicken breast.
One final note: be sure to use pure maple syrup, not maple-flavored pancake syrup. Grade A Dark Amber will have the strongest flavor. If you use Grade B, you might want to increase the amount to 2 ½ or 3 tablespoons. Taste for yourself and decide.
Savory Apple Recipes
When it comes to cooking, apples are mostly closely associated with desserts like pies and crisps. However, their sweet-tart flavor also lends itself to savory dishes. From salads to stuffed pork, we’ve rounded up our favorite savory apple recipes.
Cut into matchsticks, fresh apple can add crunch and fruity tartness to a variety of salads. Fuji or gala apples work well in a kohlrabi and watercress salad with a sumac-infused yogurt dressing. Granny smith apples are a good choice for a Waldorf-style Brussels sprouts salad with guanciale.
Pairing apples with pork is a classic combination. Try them in the Saxon dish székelyalmás, or pork with a marjoram-scented apple and cider cream sauce. Red Holland chiles give the dish just enough heat. Or try wrapping pork loin around sinner stuffing, a decadent mix of apples, dried apricots, and prunes doused in bourbon.
Apples are a fall fruit, so it makes sense to incorporate them into your Thanksgiving dinner. No Thanksgiving is complete without stuffing. Apples add a touch of sweetness to our simple sage and sausage stuffing. For a twist on a traditional cranberry sauce, try our sweet-tart apple cranberry relish with sautéed garlic and onion. Of course, the centerpiece of a Thanksgiving table is the roast turkey. We incorporate apples into turkey three ways—we roast the bird with them and use apple cider and brandy in the gravy.
Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of savory apple recipes.
Avocado and Apple “Tartare” with Fried Walnut Dumplings and Chive CreamTart apple and cold avocado balance hot, crisp walnut dumplings and creamy chive sauce in this refreshing vegan dish from chef Josita Hartanto of Berlin’s Lucky Leek. You can make the walnut dumplings a day ahead, but make sure to prepare the tartare within two hours of serving, so the apples and avocados don’t brown. Get the recipe for Avocado and Apple “Tartare” with Fried Walnut Dumplings and Chive Cream »
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Smoked Gouda and Apple Butter SandwichIt’s autumn on a slice of bread: sourdough spread with rich apple butter, topped with slices of mild smoked gouda and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Get the recipe for Smoked Gouda and Apple Butter Sandwich »
Apple and Stilton Welsh Rarebit BitesPiquant Stilton replaces the more traditional cheddar in this bite-sized twist on the classic British dish. Get the recipe for Apple and Stilton Welsh Rarebit Bites »
Apple, Sage, and Sausage StuffingA combination of apples and sausage lends a nice sweet-savory balance to a simple stuffing enhanced with sage.
Spiced Cabbage with Blueberries (Kryddað Rauðkál með Bláberjum)Cookbook author Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir braises ruby red cabbage with warm spices, fruit, and jam for this festive, sweet-tart side dish that rounds out an Icelandic Christmas menu.
Apple Cider Levain LoafApple Cider Levain Loaf
Waldorf-Style Brussels Sprout Salad with GuancialeRaw Brussels sprouts put a unique spin on the classic Waldorf salad.
Apple-Cranberry RelishSautéed garlic and onion, plus a little bit of salt, add a savory note to this sweet-tart relish, which gets its body from the natural pectin in the poached, puréed cranberries. A twist on Thanksgiving’s traditional cranberry sauce, the recipe was given to us by Michael Sandoval, executive chef of Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, California. His staff prepares it as part of the restaurant’s annual Thanksgiving meal for veterans and their families. Get the recipe for Apple-Cranberry Relish »
Sautéed Sea Scallops with Caramelized Apples and Chicken LiversThis elegant dish, which marries the light sweetness of scallops with the deep, rich flavors of earthy chicken liver and caramelized apples, comes from by Anita Lo, chef at New York’s Annisa restaurant.
Kohlrabi and Watercress SaladFor a twist on the classic Waldorf salad, try tossing sweet apples with crisp watercress and nutty kohlrabi in a sumac-infused yogurt dressing.
Pork with Apples and Cider Cream Sauce (Székelyalmás)Tender slices of pork loin in a sumptuous cream sauce get tartness from apple cider and apple wedges and a pleasant twinge of heat from red Holland chiles.
Roast Leg of Lamb with Apples and FennelBabette Hayes shared her recipe for this succulent roast, which is cooked alongside apples and fennel, perfumed with garlic and rosemary, and has a sweet-tart crust from a glaze of red currant jelly and pomegranate molasses. Ask your butcher to partially expose the shank, which you can use as a sort of handle for easier carving. Get the recipe for Roast Leg of Lamb with Apples and Fennel »
Crisp Apple-Roasted Turkey with Cider-Calvados GravyThe turkey in this recipe, from Lynne Rossetto Kasper, is deeply infused with the aroma of apples. “I’m a great believer in repeating seasoning themes at different stages of cooking to build depth,” she says, “which is why I use several expressions of apple—the fruit itself, cider, and apple brandy—in this recipe.”
Roast Pork with Sinner Stuffing
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- &ndash This was made for potatoes, but it is great for peeling anything that needs to be peeled. I like that it is more vertical than most apple peelers so takes up less counter space. &ndash There&rsquos nothing like an old-school metal apple slicer. It also cores the apple so it&rsquos a 2-1 product! &ndash I used a mini cocotte that was a Home Goods find. Similar items I&rsquove found run in the $200+ range. Bleh. The petite casserole dish I linked to instead is much more reasonably priced. And it comes in a lot of colors.