The Ultimate Guide to Apples

Get more out of fall's bounty with The Daily Meal's tips and recipes

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While cooler weather and shorter days may make some folks yearn for the return of summer, even for just a day, it's important to remember that autumn also has its advantages — one of them being the appearance of crisp, refreshing apples harvested at their peak.

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With such an abundance of apples, though, how does a home cook figure out what to do with all of them? That's why The Daily Meal has rounded up 31 of its best apple recipes to help take the guess work out of the equation. Here are some highlights:

If you're looking for something sweet and easy, look no further than this Apple Pinwheels recipe; for something special, try Aliya LeeKong's Apple Pie with Star Anise Brown Butter; and for a true challenge, try Holly Herrick's Butterscotch and Caramel Apple Tarts.

Those who prefer something savory might want to try this Sausages with Apples and Onions recipe for a quick weeknight dinner, Apple Grilled Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Fontina for a kicked-up version of a familiar favorite, or, pull out all the stops with this Traditional Roast Pork with Crackling and Applesauce (although a bit of help from the butcher wouldn't hurt).

And finally — the healthy stuff. Meatless Monday's Apple Molasses Bran Muffins are the right way to start off the morning, while this Savoy Cabbage, Radicchio, and Apple Slaw is a perfect side dish. And, if you're looking for "just a salad," look no further than this refreshing Apple and Arugula Salad with Toasted Walnuts.

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