6 Easy Apple Recipes With a Savory Twist

6 Easy Apple Recipes With a Savory Twist

Fall is apple season. Go beyond applesauce with these easy savory dishes.

By Lorraine Allen

There are few things my kid looks forward to more than our annual family apple picking outing. We wait for a spectacular, bright, autumn day, when the leaves are bursting with color. We drive out to farm country, where we hop on a tractor to ride out to the countless rows of easy-to-climb trees, heavy with juicy fruit.

By the end of the day, we have more apples that we can carry, fit in our kitchen, or know what to do with, so we look for new ways to enjoy them each year. Here are some of our favorite savory dishes to make with apples in the fall, which will help you step beyond applesauce and apple muffins:

1. Chicken pot pie with apples: Follow your favorite pot pie recipe, but instead of adding peas with your carrots and poultry, substitute small cubes of diced green or tart red apple. The fruit adds a nice surprise to each bite, which tastes heavenly on a cool fall evening. This dish works well with turkey, too.

2. Ham, brie, and apple panini: Add some crunch to your lunch with a few thin slices of fresh apple, layered with ham, brie or other cheese, and slightly-spicy honey mustard on your favorite fresh bread. Yum!

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3. Apple and peanut butter toast: Enjoy this as a quick, satisfying breakfast or as snack or lunch. Spread chunky, salty peanut butter on whole grain bread (or crackers, for a snack), and top with a sweet layer of apple slices. This is a kid favorite!

4. Pumpkin soup with apple slaw: Nothing beats a bowl of steaming hot, delicious pumpkin soup in the fall. Add a little freshly grated nutmeg to each bowl just before serving, with a heaping tablespoon of matchstick-sized apple slices on top, for a serious pop of flavor and delicious crunch.

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5. Apple, cabbage, and walnut salad: Finely chop or shred a small head of red cabbage and toss together with one large, extra crunchy sliced apple (such as a Honeycrisp), and 2/3 cup of (shelled) walnuts. Season well and dress with a simple apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil dressing. This dish pairs perfectly with roasted chicken or pork and sweet potatoes or rice.

6. Bread and apple stuffing: If you’re cooking poultry, it’s a treat to serve this stuffing alongside it. Cube a large loaf of fresh bread into 1 inch squares, and toss with 1 cup of chicken stock, 3/4 cup of diced apple, 3/4 cup of chopped celery, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 3 tablespoons of chopped fresh mixed herbs, such as thyme, sage and rosemary. Season well and spread the mixture flat on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 350-degree oven, tossing every 10 minutes for about 30 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and crunchy.

What’s your favorite savory way to use apples?

Lorraine is a freelance parenting and food writer, and she shares her cooking adventures and family recipes at FeedingLina.com. She lives in New York with her family and one squirrel-obsessed dog. Follow her @feedingLina.

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