Apples: Uncommonly good

Snap pea and apple salad
Snap pea and apple salad

The crunch of a fresh apple eaten out of hand is one of the pleasures of early fall, but these recipes might inspire you to think of the luscious fruit in a whole new way.

Snap Pea and Apple Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Snap Pea and Apple Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound radishes (sliced into thin rounds)
  • 3 medium Crispin or Shizuka apples (sliced thin)
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas (some chopped, some split open)
  • 1/4 cup fennel bulb (sliced thin)
  • 4 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Loosely arrange radish slices, apple slices, sugar snap peas, and chopped fennel on serving plates. Top with crumbled goat cheese and fennel fronds.
  2. In a small jar with a lid, shake or whisk olive oil, vinegar, water, honey, salt, and pepper together. Pour dressing over salads.
  3. For a milder flavor, marinate salad with the dressing overnight. Serve with focaccia bread (optional).
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 329 calories, 18 grams fat (5 grams saturated fat), 39 grams total carbs, 7 grams fiber, 7 grams protein.

Spiced Apple Pork Loin
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Spiced Apple Pork Loin
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 4-pound pork loin
  • 5 large Braeburn or Pink Lady apples (sliced 1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 large sweet onions (sliced 1/4 inch thick)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. With fat side up, cut 10 to 12 apple-length slits in pork loin, approximately 3 inches deep into top of the pork.
  2. Set aside 12 apple slices. Place remaining apple and onion slices into the bottom of an oven-safe roasting pan with tall sides.
  3. Place pork loin on top of apples and onion slices, then slide reserved apple slices into the slits on the top of the pork loin.
  4. Mix together cinnamon, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Sprinkle seasoning mix over entire dish, then drizzle honey on top.
  5. Loosely cover pan with aluminum foil and place in 375 F oven on the middle rack for about an hour and a half or until middle of meat reaches 160 F with thermometer.
  6. Skim fat off with a small mesh strainer. Let meat rest 10 minutes before slicing.
Recipe Notes

Note: This dish can be made in a slow cooker following the same instructions; cook 5 hours on low.

Per serving: 469 calories, 21 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 27 grams total carbs, 3 grams fiber, 42 grams protein.

Apple Cheddar Tart
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Apple Cheddar Tart
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 8-ounce puff pastry sheet
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 dash cinammon
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons salted sunflower sleeds
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 medium Cameo, Cortland, or Baldwin apple (sliced thin)
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Thaw puff pastry and roll out onto a piece of parchment in a rectangle shape. Place on a baking sheet.
  2. Spread applesauce evenly over puff pastry. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, then 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, and raisins. Evenly distribute apple slices and remaining 1/4 cup cheddar on top.
  3. Bake in oven at 400 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until pastry has risen and is golden brown and cheese has melted.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 428 calories, 25 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 41 grams total carbs, 3 grams fiber, 11 grams protein.

Caramel and Crisp Stuffed Apples
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Caramel and Crisp Stuffed Apples
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 4 large Gala, Honeycrisp, or Granny Smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  • 4 tablespoons caramel sauce
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (cold)
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut off the tops of 4 apples. Using a knife, core the apples, creating a bowl (leaving the bottoms intact). Using a grapefruit spoon, dig out the inside.
  2. Place hollowed apples onto a baking sheet or pan. Cut apple insides and tops into small chunks.
  3. In a bowl, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Mix until combined.
  4. Mix apple chunks, lemon juice, and vanilla into sugar mixture until coated. Spoon filling into the hollowed-out apples and pour 1 tablespoon caramel sauce into each apple.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together flour, oats, pecans, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cut in the cold butter until small clumps form.
  6. Sprinkle streusel over top of stuffed apples, allowing excess streusel to fall onto the bottom of the baking sheet.
  7. Place apples in a 375 F oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until streusel is browned and filling is bubbly. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. Top with vanilla ice cream and more caramel sauce, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 429 calories, 12 grams fat (6 grams saturated fat), 80 grams total carbs, 8 grams fiber, 5 grams protein.