Get Cooking with Apples

Author: Alecia Pirulis

It’s September! This month ushers in cooler temperatures, trips to corn mazes, evenings around a campfire, football games and tailgating, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and amazing comfort food from chili and cornbread to beef stew and homemade biscuits. But the best part of fall? It’s apple season!

Apples are versatile and can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Caramel or candy apples are iconic fall treats. The scent of fresh-baked apple pie cooling in the kitchen is a common childhood memory. Bobbing for apples is a classic fall party game. And nothing says fall like a big bowl of apples on the kitchen table (add cinnamon sticks to make your apartment smell great).

Get your apples from the grocery store or local farmer’s market, or make a day of it by heading to the nearest pick-your-own apple orchard. Get plenty – you will be using them up with the following great recipes:

For breakfast, make a Big Apple Pancake — find the recipe at Epicurious.com. Make some homemade apple butter in your Crock Pot to spread on toast or add to sandwiches. Bake up some Zucchini and Apple Bread to have with your morning coffee. And for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a late-night snack, or just whenever: Mila Psita sto Fourno. Don’t let the name intimidate you – these baked stuffed apples are easy to make and simply delicious.

Perk up your brown-bag lunch with a Grilled Turkey, Brie, and Apple Butter Sandwich or a Turkey and Apple Sandwich with Maple Mayonnaise. Or, if you prefer salads for lunch, try an Apple, Pecan, and Blue Cheese Salad with Dried Cherries or a Hearts of Romaine Salad with Apple, Red Onion, and Cider Vinaigrette.

Apples pair great with a variety of dinner favorites. Make Herbed Pork and Apples for dinner, or try these amazing BBQ Pork Sandwiches from Paula Deen. For a chilly evening, whip up a batch of Red Cabbage and Apple Soup. Looking for something savory? Sauerkraut with Bacon and Apples may be your new fall favorite.

The way apples pair up so well with caramel and cinnamon, it’s no wonder that some of the best desserts include apples. Try an Apple Crisp with a little vanilla ice cream on the side. Whip up a batch of  Caramel Apple Bars — a recipe from Betty Crocker. And if you prefer cakes to pies, try making  German Apple Cake or  Apple Upside Down Cake.

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