It’s harvest season: 3 favorite apple recipes

Fall is finally here and beyond the obvious benefits of football, cooler weather and fun autumn activities, it also means delicious meals made with ingredients in their prime. You know what that means: it’s apple picking time!

If you’re going to make the most of this harvest season’s haul, you’ll need some killer recipes. Below are three of our favorites, but let’s be real, how can we choose just three? We’ve included a few bonus recipes in case you want to get your apple on all season long. 

Whether you’re looking for sweet or savory, we’ve got you covered. And we’ve included recipes for every skill level, from seasoned chefs to dorm room cooks. Bring on the apples!

Apple brandy cinnamon pancakes

Recipe by Kari Karch

There’s nothing like Saturday or Sunday morning pancakes, and on a particularly fall-feeling day this recipe elevates the typical breakfast treat to a whole new level. If you really want to thrill the kiddos on an autumn weekend, add some apples to the mix. And don’t worry about the brandy part — there’s only a tablespoon. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. apple brandy
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon

Directions

In a medium bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and applesauce. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Set aside.

In a large, non-stick sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon light brown sugar over medium heat. Toss in apples and cinnamon, then cook for 2 minutes. 

Pull the sauté pan off the heat and add the brandy. Let it cook down or you can flambé it. Just be careful not to have the bottle next to the stove. Reduce the mixture for 2 more minutes, then pour into a bowl. 

Wipe out the sauté pan and add a pat of butter. Spoon a large dollop of pancake mix onto the heated sauté pan and cook until they begin to bubble. Flip and cook for about 1-2 more minutes. Repeat with remaining batter.

To serve, stack the pancakes, then top with apple brandy mixture, whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve.

Grilled teriyaki and apple sandwiches

Recipe by Ronna F.

Just because autumn has arrived doesn’t mean you can’t plan a meal that allows you to show off your grilling skills. Combining unique flavors and textures, this sandwich is sure to wow anyone who loves a combination of sweet, savory and apple-lutely fabulous.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp. honey, divided
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 boneless loin pork chop, ½-inch thick
  • 2 slices artisan French bread, 1-inch thick
  • 1 slice Swiss cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium MacIntosh apple, peeled, cored and sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced white onion
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp. dried parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh spinach

Directions

In a small bowl, combine mustard, mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon honey and cayenne pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

In a shallow bowl, combine remaining honey and soy sauce. Add pork chop, turning to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to marinate.

Heat grill to medium. Place pork chop on the grill and cook, turning once until pork chop is fully cooked, about 5 minutes on each side. During the last minute of cooking time, set French bread along the outer portion of the grill to toast. Place Swiss cheese slice on one of the toasted bread slices and allow to melt slightly.

While the pork chop cooks, melt butter in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Add apple and onion slices. Season with cinnamon, sugar, salt, pepper and parsley. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples and onions soften, about 5 minutes.

Place the toasted bread slice with melted Swiss cheese facing up on a serving plate. Cover with the pork chop, followed by the apple-onion mixture. Top with spinach. Spread mayonnaise mixture on remaining bread slice. Place mayonnaise-side-down to complete the sandwich. Cut across and enjoy!

Microwave apple pie

Recipe by Kari Karch

You knew we couldn’t create a list of favorite apple recipes without a pie! We adore this one because it’s simple, delicious and puts a fun twist on the American classic. Oh, and you can make it in your Kenmore microwave. How easy is that?

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. apple, small dice
  • Homemade or store bought caramel, garnish
  • Sea salt, garnish
  • Fresh mint, garnish

Directions

In a coffee mug, mix dry ingredients with a fork and create a well to add wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Spread into an even layer and top with applesauce and apples. Microwave for 1 minute. Let rest for five minutes and top with caramel, sea salt and garnish with fresh mint.

Apples galore

Can’t get enough fall apple recipes? Here are a few more to get you through the season!

Duck Meatballs with Roasted Apples
Slow Cooker Spiced Brandy Apple Cider
Caramel Apple Martini’s
Apple Stuffed Glazed Pork Chops

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