Recipe Ideas for Apples. Loads of Ways to Enjoy Harvest Apples
I am a sucker for those big old bushel barrels of local apples that dominate farmer’s markets in my area each fall.
Every year I load up the kitchen fridge with crisp orchard fruit, and every year my family wonders incredulously at how we are supposed to consume a wholesale quantity of apples within a reasonable period of time.
Ha-ha…They never learn!
Now, if you just go about trying to eat through that barrel of apples in the conventional way you’ll never see the bottom – but I’m no overexcited farmers market apple buying newby…I will throw apples into every nook and cranny of recipes in my kitchen for a solid month; and we will get through that barrel!!!
Anyway, just in case you also share my predilection for the over-purchase of Macs, Spartans and Cortlands, here are some ideas to help you make it out the other side.
Fall Apple Recipe Ideas
The following are merely inspiration – you’ll have to Google down a recipe if needed elsewhere…
- Baked Apples (just core an apple and toss in some butter, sugar and cinnamon. Put into a low oven as you sit down to dinner and serve with vanilla ice cream for a warm and fragrant dessert
- Chile spiced applesauce
- Salad of greens, apple slices, almonds, dried cranberries in vinaigrette
- Plane Jane apple slices with sharp cheddar cheese
- Apple crisp
- Apple pie
- Slow braised German cabbage with apples (on the side of some lovely bratwursts, preferably)
- Apple muffins
- Apple cake
- Homemade apple cider
- Apple root vegetable soup (Sautee some carrots and squash with onions and apples and boil in chicken broth – purée and add some cream and salt…that’s it)
- Sautéed apples on pancakes
- Apple and cabbage coleslaw
- Apple and spice oatmeal
Foods that go well with apples
Here is a list of foods that compliment apples. Pair these flavors in any recipe and you can’t go to far wrong.
- Cheese (tart cheeses)
- Black pepper
- Dried cranberries
Is it a cooking apple or an eating apple?
I never pay much heed to this one ( I can never remember and I don’t care all that much if the apples in my pie get mushy…but according to the Farmer’s Almanac, the best cooking apples available in America are:
- Granny Smith
- Newton Pippin
- Rome Beauty
- Rhode Island Greening
Cooking apples tend to be tarter than eating apples, and have firmer flesh.
Nutritional info (per apple)
An average apple has:
- 17 Grams of carbohydrate
- 85 calories
- 5 grams of fiber
- A good source of potassium