Cooking with apples this season

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Anyone can toss a ripe Granny Smith in their lunch bag or grab a Honey Crisp on their way out the door. But this autumn, Michiganders want to consume apples in new ways as refreshing as the pomaceous fruit itself.

We are curious how to add the tart, vitamin C-packed snack to our appetizer lineup before the Lions football game on Sunday; or how to embellish our family dinner and side dishes this evening; how to put a new spin on the beloved dessert found in a pie pan all the way to learning how to include the pulpy fruit in our favorite sipping selections.

So here are 12 of our favorite apple recipes this fall. If you have an adored apple dish or beverage, give us a shout out so we can add it to our recipe Rolodex!

Happily apple appetizers:

If you’re a cheese lover like us, here are a couple snackers to throw on your grocery list before the football game this weekend:

Yummly.com

Cheddar and apple panin bites from Yummly.com.

Cheddar and apple panini bites

Find a list of ingredients and the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

Cabotcheese.coop

Cheese + crackers topped with apple, from Cabot Cheese’s website.

Cheese + crackers topped with caramelized apples

To learn how to toss these together to wow your Honolulu blue-wearing guests, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Gouda quesadillas from ACoupleCooks.com.

Apple Gouda quesadillas from ACoupleCooks.com.

Apple Gouda quesadillas

I know we promised only 12 of our favorite recipes, but we’ve squeezed a couple extra in—And maybe these apple Gouda quesadillas will catch your eye, too! Visit www.ACoupleCooks.com for the full details!

 

 

 

 

 

Composing entrées with apples in mind:

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Maple glazed pork and apples from Yummly.com.

Maple-glazed pork and apples

Looking for a fresh way to prepare the infamous combo of pork and apples? Consider trying this recipe that adds apples to maple-glazed pork. You can find the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EatLiveRun.com

From EatLiveRun.com, crock-pot pork and apples to make the cooking process that much easier.

Crock-pot pork and apples

Short on cooking time? Throw these ingredients into your crock-pot before you head out for the day and let the warming combo fill your home with appetite-inducing scents! Here is the full rundown for this meal idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yummly.com

Crock-pot country ribs with apples and sauerkraut from Yummly.com.

Crock-pot country ribs with apples and sauerkraut

Another crock-pot favorite that you might fall in love with, too, is the crock-pot country ribs, apples and sauerkraut. Interested in more? Find the list of ingredients and step-by-step process here.

 

 

 

A side dish embellished with apples:

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Quinoa with apples and almonds, from Spoonful.com.

Quinoa with apples and almonds

Since everyone seems to be loving (and falling in love with all over again) quinoa seems like a perfect contender to pair with apples and the chef throws in almonds, too. Here is a recipe you may be happy you tried.


 

 

 

 

Braised red cabbage and apples combo

Braised red cabbage and apples from MarthaStewart.com.

Braised red cabbage and apples from MarthaStewart.com.

Looking for a healthy but flavorful side dish to pair with your dinner tonight? We found this culinary creation on Martha Stewart’s site, and you might just bookmark it, too. You can find the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow cooker applesauce

Make your own applesauce with step-by-step instructions from OhMySugarHigh.com.

Make your own applesauce with step-by-step instructions from OhMySugarHigh.com.

Whether you are a first-grader or in your refined age, everyone seems to adore applesauce. And if you are intrigued by homemade creations, try this recipe. (Fun tip that we’re certain you already know, but applesauce is a great dipping side with pork for dinner!)


 

 

 

We’ll have two of these desserts, please!

Caramel apple cake in a cup

Single-serving caramel apple cake from NanaClaresKitchen.com.

Single-serving caramel apple cake from NanaClaresKitchen.com.

Single servings seem to be popular for college students, young twenty-somethings in their first apartment but they also make a splash in the world of sweet-lovers who just want a quick dessert before getting back to work in the evening. (Or even in the afternoon. Shoot, why stop there—apple cake would be delicious in the a.m., too!) As promised, here is a tasty recipe we came across for apple cake.

 

 

 

 

Southern apple crisp cookies

Southern apple crisp cookies from AllRecipes.com.

Southern apple crisp cookies from AllRecipes.com.

If you are searching for a warm dessert to serve that reminds you (and your guests) of southern living, AllRecipes.com brings us a fairly simple take on a loveable apple crisp cookie. Check it out here.

 

 

 

 

 

The caramel apple s'more! From TakingonMagazines.com.

The caramel apple s’more! From TakingonMagazines.com.

THE Caramel apple s’more

Brace yourself. This last recipe we threw in here simply because I am a HUGE s’more fan…introducing the caramel apple s’more! Find the recipe here.

 

 

 

 

Spicing those beverages with apples:

From a morning smoothie to serving delicious cocktails this autumn, try your hand at one—or all—of these sipper selections centered on Michigan’s beloved fall fruit:

 

Spiced apple cooler from Mixionary.com.

Spiced apple cooler from Mixionary.com.

Cinnamon apple cooler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple berry smoothie from AlpineCider.com.

Apple berry smoothie from AlpineCider.com.

Apple berry smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate-covered caramel apple cocktail from SheKnows.com.

Chocolate-covered caramel apple cocktail from SheKnows.com.

Chocolate-covered caramel apple cocktail

 

About Jen Bucciarelli

Veggie lover and aspiring word chef, reporter Jen Bucciarelli covers all things health and medicine for Rochester Media and The Community Edge. She is always on the hunt for local experts who can help improve the lives of our readers. Send her a note at JenBucciarelli@gmail.com.

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