Did apple picking make it on your fall bucket list?
It’s definitely a must in the area, specially with so many local orchards to chose from. I love the hunt for the perfect apple, trying new varieties, and let’s not forget the apple cider donuts! The fun doesn’t need to stop at the orchard! Here’s a few apple recipes to help you use up your bounty since there’s only so many fresh galas you can eat in a day.
Apple Chips for Snack Time
Crisp apple varieties (Honey Crisp, Fuji, Pink Ladies) are best for this recipe.
- Thinly slice the apples (cut out the core if preferred) and put them in a bowl of ice water and lemon for a couple of minutes.
- Line in a parchment lined baking sheet for about 2 hours at 200 degrees F.
- The apples will crisp as they cool.
- For an added touch of sweetness, sprinkle with cinnamon before baking!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
It’s a perfect side dish to grilled pork chops.
- Cube 3 lbs of sweet potatoes, 1 lb of Granny Smith apples, 2 medium onions, and 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter.
- Toss in a baking dish with 1/4 cup of honey, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for an hour, stirring occasionally.
- Increase the temperature to 500 degrees F for an extra 10- 15 minutes until liquid evaporates.
This apple crisp recipe is a quick and easy alternative to apple pie. Don’t forget the ice-cream!
Apple Pie Filling
You can always make apple pie filling and freeze for later. Head on over here for the how to.
Mini Snack Apple Pies
A shareable way to use that apple pie filling.
- Roll out a package of crescent dough, making sure to join the seams.
- Cut into squares and lay on mini muffin tins.
- Spoon apple pie filling on each cup.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Top with a bit of whipped cream!
Never Fail Pie Crust
If you’ve been looking for a hassle free pie recipe, look no more.
- Blend 3 cups of flour and 1 1/3 cup of Crisco with pastry blender/cutter.
- In a separate bowl, beat 1 egg with 5 tbsp cold water and 1 tsp vinegar.
- Mix into flour mix until a soft dough forms.
- Roll out between two pieces of plastic wrap.
- Makes three crusts and freezes well.
Other quick ideas:
- Thin apple slices up the game of any grilled cheese sandwich.
- Use matchstick pieces of apples to add a little crunch and sweetness to coleslaw.
- Sub your crackers with apple slices.
- Combine apple, goat cheese, and a dash of lemon zest for a one of a kind stuffing for chicken or pork.
Enjoy your day at the orchard and in the kitchen!
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