Apple recipes are perfect for any time of year, but in the fall, when the apples are picked fresh and at their peak, you just can’t beat them.
Apples are wonderful because they are not only delicious, but really versatile as well. You can enjoy eating a crunchy apple fresh out of hand, make amazing dessert and snack recipes, and use them in savory main course dishes too.
There are so many amazing apple varieties to choose from it can sometimes be difficult to decide which apples to use. Some are best for cooking and some for eating fresh only. Some hold their shape when you bake them, while others get soft and juicy.
There is one apple you really shouldn’t try to cook with and that is a Red Delicious apple. They are perfect to eat fresh or sliced for a salad, but they don’t cook well and should always be eaten raw.
Gala apples, Cortland, McIntosh, Northern Spy, Ambrosia, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Mutsu (my personal favorite for fresh eating too), Winsap, Pink Lady, Wealthy and of course, the green favorite Granny Smith are all apples that are suitable for both cooking and baking. Any of these apples would work perfectly in these recipes, so you can see that you have quite a few apple options to choose from. My advice is to choose apples to use in your baking and cooking that you also love to eat fresh.
Of course, I think that just about any apple is perfect. The sound of that crunch as you take your first bite of that lovely crisp fruit is the first sign that you will be able to enjoy that juicy sweet tart taste in just a second or two. Yum. Okay, I know it’s pretty obvious that I love apples. I do and I love the great variety of apple recipes that you can create with these juicy treasures too.
The recipes that I have included below are some of my favorites. They range from the simple baked apple to muffins, stuffing, cakes and strudels. We even have a beef stew, a pork casserole and chutney recipe in the mix.
You can do SO much with the lowly apple. Try out some of these recipes and see what I mean.
10 Must Make Apple Recipes
Carrot Apple Quinoa Cake
You CAN have your cake and eat it too when it’s a healthy cake like this one. Not just carrots, but quinoa and apples as well makes this cake pretty healthy as dessert recipes go. To get the recipe for this delicious healthy quinoa cake click here.
Sometimes a simple warm quick bread studded with pieces of tender sweet apple is just what you need. Great for dessert or snacks, you can find this recipe for apple bread here.
Blue Cheese Salad with Spinach, Apples and Walnuts
This recipe uses raw apple in a fabulous salad mixed with fresh spinach, blue cheese and crunchy walnuts. Great for lunch or dinner. You can get the full blue cheese salad recipe here.
Apple Cranberry Turkey Stuffing Recipe
If you think that the stuffing is the best part of any turkey dinner (or should be) you have to try this version that adds a bit of sweetness with apples and cranberries. It’s fantastic. Go here for the full stuffing recipe.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Bite into these delicious classic muffins with small chunks of soft sweet tart apples and warm cinnamon. These are great breakfast muffins and they make a tasty snack. To make these delicate apple cinnamon muffins click here.
Tomato Chutney with Chipotle and Apples
For something a little different try making your own chutney. This one starts with tomatoes, adds apple for sweetness, then brings the spice with chipotle. Go here to look at this tomato chutney recipe.
Apple Valley Cider Stew Recipe
This delicious beef stew has an unusual ingredient – apple cider. The cider not only adds a nice bit of sweetness, but makes the stew lovely and tender as well. Click here to read more about this cider stew recipe.
Pork Chop Casserole Recipe with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
Pork chops and apples are a classic combination, but this recipe adds them to a casserole with thinly sliced sweet potatoes. It’s a delicious new way to serve pork chops that I think you will love. Find the full pork chop casserole recipe here.
A simple baked apple can be the perfect ending to a great meal, especially when it is stuffed with nuts and other goodies. Try it warm for breakfast too, topped with Greek yogurt (and a drizzle of honey if you really want to be decadent). The recipe is here.
This is one of my favorite desserts from childhood. Although this isn’t my Austrian Grandma’s recipe, it is pretty delicious – and easy. You will find the full recipe for apple strudel here.
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Here is another of our apple recipes, a low fat apple muffin with walnuts.
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