12 Recipes for Every Kind of Apple in the Barrel

A dish for all the many, many apples you will encounter this autumn

12 Recipes for Every Kind of Apple in the Barrel

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Add apples to squash soup to thicken and enrich its flavor, or pair apples and sauerkraut to make that vinegary, bitter cabbage less assaulting to the senses. No matter what your preferred use, we have rounded up our favorite apple recipes to escort you into fall. So enjoy the cooling weather and reap the rewards as you cook up a storm with fall’s favorite fruit: apples.

Acorn Squash Soup with Pistachios, Black Bread, and Apples

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With a little imagination and the ingredients in your fridge, you likely have the makings of a good squash soup. The combination here works as a complete meal. The black bread croutons add crunch and body, and the apples call up hints of a savory apple crisp. For a heartier meal, skip blending the squash and serve it roasted alongside duck breast or turkey leg. You can also substitute cauliflower for the acorn squash. We suggest using McIntosh or Granny Smith apples for this recipe.

For the Acorn Squash Soup with Pistachios, Black Bread, and Apples recipe, click here.

Apple Bitters

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The cinnamon and brown sugar here echo the flavor of traditional apple pie, but in this recipe you use only the skin of the apples (the peel introduces bitterness and apple flavor without the added sugar and water that would make the solution too sweet). These bitters lend a sweet spiciness to bourbon, rye, whiskey, applejack, or apple brandy, and are also just dandy in an old fashioned or Manhattan. We suggest using Rome Beauty or Winesap apples for this recipe.

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Apple Butter

Apple butter makes a great holiday gift and is delicious on toast or other breakfast breads, like these Ooey Gooey Breakfast Rolls. We suggest using Braeburn or Fuji apples for this recipe.

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Apple Parfait

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Parfaits work well as a breakfast, snack, or dessert, and the sky is your limit when it comes to choosing ingredients to layer. If you're looking for the taste of apple pie without the calories, then this applesauce parfait recipe is for you! We suggest using Cortland or Rome apples for this recipe.

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Apple Pinwheels

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Have these apple pinwheels for breakfast, or serve them à la mode to turn them into a quick dessert. Either way, you’re in for a treat! We suggest using Gala or Orin apples for this recipe.

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Apple Quinoa Bake

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Breakfast dessert doesn’t have to be unhealthy! This apple quinoa bake is great for serving after a light meal — and it even works as the main dish. We suggest using Honeycrisp or Jonagold apples for this recipe.

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Apple Tart

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Simple recipes like this one require little fuss, but deliver lots of sweet satisfaction. We suggest using Granny Smith or Jonagold apples for this recipe.

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Apples and Sauerkraut

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This German-inspired side dish utilizes the sweet power of apples to soften the blow of the sour, vinegar-based sauerkraut. We suggest using McIntosh or Fuji apples for this recipe.

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Hungarian Apple Soup

This savory apple soup for two gets body from Yukon Gold potatoes and a touch of heat from paprika. Float some cocktail shrimp or a mound of lump crabmeat in each bowl to make it a main course. We suggest using Jonathan or McIntosh apples for this recipe.

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Roasted Quail with Savory Apple and Cheddar Croustade

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This quail recipe tastes like the “best of America” special. The slightly gamey flavor of the bird, with a hint of sweetness from the apple and a sharp Cheddar crust, will leave dinner guests impressed. We suggest using Rome or Fuji apples for this recipe.

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Savory Apple-Chicken Sausage

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Chicken sausage is popular because of its lower cholesterol, and this apple-chicken sausage might make even the staunchest pork sausage fan a convert. We suggest using Gala or Granny Smith apples for this recipe.

For the Savory Apple-Chicken Sausage recipe, click here.

Tenderloin Asada with Sage and Savory Apples

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Asada literally means “roast” in Spanish, but this recipe deviates from the usual, first with the choice of pork tenderloin over beef, and secondly with its choice of accoutrements. The brandy and spices will warm you right up on a crisp fall day. We suggest using Cortland or Jonagold apples for this recipe.

For the Tenderloin Asada with Sage and Savory Apples recipe, click here.