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Apple of Your Eye: How to Use Fall’s Favorite Fruit
10/2/2017 10:57:13 PM
Apples

October is National Apple Month, and it’s a great time to try out some new recipes for this autumn favorite. While the most American dessert of all may be apple pie, there are many other ways to enjoy this fruit! Here are a few ideas to try.

DESSERTS
Apple Dumplings: A peeled and cored apple filled with cinnamon and sugar, wrapped in pastry, baked and topped with sweet syrup. It’s a twist on apple pie that’s familiar but fun! You can also make an easy version using canned crescent rolls.

Apple Fritters: Essentially, these are apple donuts. Diced apples are mixed into a donut batter, fried, and coated with a simple glaze. A sweet treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee on a chilly morning!

Apple Bread: There are countless versions of apple bread – some of them similar to banana nut bread, some of them with chunks of apples. They consistently contain spices, a quick bread-style batter, and a lot of fresh apples. Top with a streusel topping and enjoy a slice.

OTHER TREATS
Apple Cider: It’s like apple juice, but spiced and better! Whether you like your cider cold or warm, homemade apple cider is easier than you think. There are a lot of recipes you can make in your slow cooker and have waiting when you’re ready for a mug in the evening.

Apple Butter: Smooth, spicy and indulgent. Apple butter is great spread on toast, waffles and pancakes. Like cider, you can easily make apple butter in your slow cooker for use on fresh bread. 

Applesauce: Applesauce is another great way to enjoy apples – and this one is perfect for any bruised or older fruit. Want to mix things up? Try a recipe for other flavored versions, like strawberry or cranberry applesauce!

SAVORY
Apples & Pork Chops: Thin-sliced apples, caramelized onions and pork chops make a great autumn dinner. Serve with roasted potatoes. Make this dish in your slow cooker or as a baked meal.

Apple & Gouda Grilled Cheese: Slice crisp, tart apples (Granny Smith work well for this) and pair with a creamy cheese for a grown-up version of this childhood favorite. You can experiment with other cheese and apple pairings, too – bleu cheese, Havarti, and mozzarella would all be nice combinations.

Apple, Bleu Cheese and Bacon Flatbread: Another great way to enjoy tart, fresh apples: sliced on a cheesy flatbread! Bake and prepare your flatbread with bleu cheese crumbles and crunchy bacon. Thinly slice apples and include them – or, for added crispiness, place them on the hot flatbread when it comes out of the oven.  Want to experiment more with flavors? Add roasted garlic cloves, caramelized onions, or maple syrup.

Hopefully this has sparked some creativity for your bushels of fruit this year. If all else fails, opt for a good, old-fashioned apple pie. Want something that’s even simpler? You can’t go wrong with a fresh-sliced apple and its delicious crunch! Whatever you choose, find ways to really enjoy this fantastic fruit now in season.

Making Use of Your Bushel: Which Apples to Use for What
There are many varieties of apples, all with different perks. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common apples (according to the U.S. Apple Association), and how to use them.

McIntosh: Deep red, tender, juicy and tart. Best used in applesauce or snacked on raw.

Fuji: Yellow and red bi-colored, sweet and firm.  Great for eating fresh with cheese, on salads, or in a slaw. Also good if gently simmered and used as a topping.

Red Delicious: This is the stereotypical apple – a bright red, shiny fruit. It’s crispy and juicy, and works well in a traditional apple pie.

Gala: Very sweet and crisp. Gala is perfect for snacks, sauces, served as baked apples with ice cream or turned into baked apple chips.

Braeburn: Orange or red and yellow, juicy and rich. Braeburn is good for all baking and cooking purposes, a fantastic multi-use apple.

Pink Lady: Pink and yellow, crisp and tart. Pink Lady apples are best eaten fresh, but also can be used for baking.

Granny Smith: Green, crunchy, and very tart. Granny Smith is great for baking, cider, and eating fresh.
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