Freshly harvested apples
One of the best things about fall is the abundance of different apple varieties. From well known options such as Golden Delicious and Granny Smith to newer heirlooms like Brambley's or Yate's; apples are diverse and so are their uses. No longer are apples consigned to the world of pies and tarts, now there are several different ways to feature some of this season's best produce on your dinner table.
We've rounded up five of our apple recipes with wow factor.
Fresh Apple Cake
We're going to kick this list off with something a little more traditional. While not your typical apple pie, this cake features familiar ingredients like cinnamon and sugar, but that's where the similarities end. This fresh apple cake calls for unsweeted shredded coconut, chopped pecans and buttermilk icing. Divine isn't even the word for all this yumminess.
Get the recipeInstant Pot Apple Sauce
I know what you're probably thinking: an apple sauce recipe? Seriously? I'm an adult. I get it, trust me, but this isn't your grocery store Mott's. This Instant Pot creation shouldn't be overlooked. The recipe calls for both Granny Smith and Honeycrisp apples, which results in the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Of course, this is not to mention that this apple sauce is loaded with cinnamon, spice and everything nice.
Get the recipe Apple and Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad
This recipe is relatively simple but certainly packs a flavor punch, with roasted Brussels sprouts, creme fraiche, Granny Smith apples, pistachios, rosemary and reduced apple cider vinegar. This is the absolute perfect side dish for a weekend dinner.
Get the recipe Pork Tenderloin with Red Cabbage and Apples
Pairing pork and apples is a culinary tradition that goes back quite a ways. For this dish the pork loin is seasoned liberally with salt, pepper and Creole mustard, which adds an amazing zip. Once seared with a nice crust, apples and sauted onions are added in and cooked down. Red cabbage is added at the last moment to not only give this meal a gorgeous color but also to add some crunch. Trust me, you're going to want to try this one.
Get the recipe Homemade Mulled Hot Apple Cider
Ahh apple cider, the quitessitially fall drink. This from-scratch recipe elevates a fan favorite by using fresh apples, mulling spices and a few other aromatics to deliver the most delicious cider you've ever had. Note: If you're over the age of 21, consider adding in a nice rum or bourbon to really make this a good time.
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Photos (apple sauce, pork tenderloin, apple cider): Ramona King