Uses for Apple Pie Filling
Other uses for apple pie filling....besides pie!
Prepared apple pie filling, which generally consists of sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon and a thickening agent, is found in the canned fruits or baking section of most grocery stores. While this product is intended to be used as a quick and easy filling for pies, home chefs have found a number of other clever uses for this convenience food that reach far beyond the standard apple pie.
Sweet Side Dish
Apple pie filling makes a sweet, kid-pleasing side dish for breakfast or dinner. The filling can be heated in the microwave or on a conventional stove. Those heating the pie filling in the microwave should place the apples in a microwave safe dish, and heat at 50% power for about two minutes. The apples will take about 10 minutes on a conventional stove on medium heat, but be sure to stir the apples often to prevent sticking.
A great autumn take on the classic Strawberry Shortcake, this dessert is simple and quick when you opt for a pre-made shortcake. Choose a pound cake, angel food cake or vanilla cake from your local bakery as the dessert base. Heat the apple pie filling as suggested in the side dish directions, then spoon a portion of the filling over the sliced cake. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Ice Cream Topping
Heated apple pie filling makes a wonderful topper for ice cream. While vanilla is a no-brainer, the filling tastes amazing on other flavors too. Try unique combinations such as apple with pistachio ice cream, apple with rocky road ice cream or apple with almond fudge ice cream. Apple also tastes delicious with fruity ice creams. The possibilities are truly endless!
Savory Main Dishes
When prepared correctly, apple pie filling pairs nicely with pork. Pour apple pie filling over pork chops and top with prepared stuffing. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until the pork is cooked thoroughly. The apples can be used with pork tenderloins or roasts as well.