Mornings are chilly, evenings are crisp, and we're starting to pull out our scarves and sweaters. Perfect fall weather is here, and we are pumped. We've picked some apple-filled dishes, so you know exactly what to do with the bushels you bring back from the orchard (or, you know, store). Here are 10 of the best recipes that make the most of fall's sweetest, juiciest fruit.
1. Apple Cider Baked ChickenShare on Pinterest
Try this seasonal chicken recipe for a healthy dinner that uses just one pot. Add extra veggies to the pan for a well-balanced skillet meal.
2. Baked Apple Cider DonutsShare on Pinterest
These fall-flavored treats are baked, not fried, and even more delicious (sort of). They get their unique taste from grated, drained apples in the batter. Once cooled, dip them in cinnamon sugar or enjoy 'em plain.
3. Apple Pie Baked OatmealShare on Pinterest
Jazz up a classic breakfast with some sweet apples and throw it in the oven for a baked dessert-like treat. The sweet-sour flavor will balance out the earthy oats.
4. Apple, Bacon, and Brie PaniniShare on Pinterest
This sandwich is definitely meant for special occasions. Layer bacon, Brie, and fontina cheeses, apple slices, and lettuce on marble or whole-wheat bread. Pop it in a panini press or on the stovetop until cheese is melty and delicious.
5. Whole-Wheat Apple MuffinsShare on Pinterest
Start the day off right with these perfectly spiced whole-wheat muffins. They're ideal for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.
6. Roasted Beet and Apple SaladShare on Pinterest
Looking for a light, seasonal lunch? This spinach, beet, and apple salad with pistachios definitely fits the bill. The dressing (made of apple cider vinegar, honey, and Dijon mustard) adds a delicious, spicy-sweet kick.
7. Maple Pecan Baked Stuffed ApplesShare on Pinterest
End any fall meal with this (relatively healthy) seasonal dessert. Fill hollowed-out apples with dried fruit, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, and dates.
8. Apple, Ginger, and Cranberry Vodka CocktailShare on Pinterest
We can see it now: sipping this concoction on a front porch and watching the leaves fall while wearing a scratchy wool sweater.
9. Clean Classic Apple PieShare on Pinterest
This nicely spiced dessert uses whole-wheat flour, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar instead of the typical cups of sugar. While it does use a decent amount of butter, all of the flavor comes from the apples.
10. Green Apple and Pistachio QuinoaShare on Pinterest
This bright, fresh-tasting side dish is perfect for any cold-weather meal. Chop up a bunch of green veggies (specifically green onions, green peppers, cucumber, celery, garlic, and serrano pepper), a Granny Smith apple, and pistachios. A lemony yogurt dressing adds extra zest.Originally posted September 2012. Updated November 2016.