Apples are good for more than just keeping the doctor away, as the old adage goes. You can actually do a lot with apples when you cook. Whether you’re planning on baking, adding apples to a salad, or cooking them into a hearty and healthy meal for your family at dinner time, you can be as creative as you want to be when adding this delectable fruit into the mix.
Many people often think about apple pie when they think about apples and baking. However, there are more things you can do with apples than just bake traditional apple pie like your grandmother used to. When you are seeking some creative ways to ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to making your next meal, here are a few things to think about that may very well get those creative juices flowing.
Speaking about juices, when talking about apples and fresh apple juice, that can make a great complement to almost every meal, especially breakfast or lunch.
Apple Popcorn Balls
These can be quite delectable and you start with dried apples and then chop them up enough to make half a cup. Take 1 cup of brown sugar and boil it and then ½ cup of butter, light corn syrup, and ¼ teaspoon of salt and bake it until a candy thermometer reaches 300°F. This should take about eight minutes. Throw this all together with 6 cups of popcorn and add ½ cup of pecans chopped up and the chopped up dried apples. Transfer this to a pan that has already been buttered and allow it to cool. They should form little, delicious balls.
Parents will love this particular way to cook apples, especially in the fall when Halloween rolls around. What you do for this is to quarter and core the apple. You should choose red apples and then lightly brush them with lemon juice. Cut out a wedge so that it begins to look like a mouth. You can add peanut butter into the wedge and add certain nuts, like sliced almonds for the teeth.
Most people like applesauce, at least once in a while. Making your own, homemade applesauce can be a great way to encourage children to get the right level of nutrition in a tasty and savory way. What you would need to do is take several apples and simmer them in one cup of water. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of salt and then partially cover them until they are soft. That should take about 25 to 30 minutes. Add the apples into a food processor and whisk in 2 tablespoons butter.
This surprisingly delectable food requires cooking two sliced onions in oil over medium heat. Do this until it is well caramelized, which should take about 30 minutes. Add in 3 tablespoons of Calvados until it evaporates. Spread this mixture on baguette slices and then top with apple slices. Add grated gruyere cheese and then broil until the cheese melts.
Written by G. T. Hedlund