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There’s nothing better than making meals with the freshest seasonal ingredients. Although apple varieties abound during various seasons, many of them are ripe for picking—and cooking—in the fall. Whether you like apple pancakes for breakfast, paninis with grilled apple slices for lunch or apple cinnamon pork chops for dinner, here are some of our favorite apple recipes for autumn.
If you want the flavors of apple pie without the trouble of rolling out pie crust, this sheet cake is an excellent alternative. Serve it as part of a brunch spread, for a snack or as a dessert.
If you love pancakes but don’t want the hassle of flipping them, this baked apple pancake is for you. Use a variety of apples for the best fall flavor.
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Have you even been to the best apple orchards in America if you’re not walking through the orchards with a fresh-baked apple cider doughnut in your hand? Recreate that experience by making your own at home with this sugar-coated recipe.
This Instant Pot applesauce is a good option for Instant Pot beginners. It takes only 35 minutes, so it’s perfect for a sweet homemade snack you can eat all week long.
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Cherry recipes are a quintessential part of summer, but when you mix in the apples, it makes for the perfect fall recipe. This tart cherry and apple oven pancake might just become your favorite fall breakfast.
Not only are crisps delicious, but they’re also easy to assemble. Believe it or not, this autumnal dish is ready in just 30 minutes, thanks to the clever use of a microwave.
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Apples aren’t just for dessert. In this Japanese-inspired curry, apples add just a touch of sweetness to an otherwise savory and hearty main dish. Trust us: this homemade curry is way better than takeout.
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With so many tasty brunch recipes available, it can be hard to make up your mind when it comes time to pick just one. Luckily, apple season means this apple, fennel and cheddar quiche is an easy choice.
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Smoothies are a healthy breakfast or snack option year-round. For optimal freshness, make smoothies with seasonal produce, much like this carrot, apple and turmeric smoothie.
There is something immensely satisfying about chicken salad, and this version, with diced apples folded in, is particularly suitable for the season. This recipe includes instructions for cooking chicken, but we all know that chicken salad is one of the best uses for leftover chicken.
If you’re looking for one of the best recipes for the holiday season, look no further. Sweet yet crunchy Honeycrisp apples are cooked alongside pork and served with a red-wine onion jam.
For a cozy meal on a chilly day, nothing beats a steaming bowl of soup. And for the ultimate fall flavors, apple and butternut combine in this easy and flavorful soup.
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There are tons of incredible burger recipes to try. So why eat a regular cheeseburger when you could eat a curried cheeseburger with sauteed apple and tomato sauce?
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If you want to make dinner at home feel like a meal at a restaurant, then adding a fancy salad to the menu is a must. This kale and apple salad with maple mustard dressing is sweet, healthy and light.
It’s important to have a solid slaw recipe in your arsenal, and this no-cook side dish will make you rethink the cabbage-based, mayo-heavy versions. Shredded cabbage is supplemented with kale and apple, and a slightly sweet yogurt-based dressing brings it all together.
Waldorf salad is a classic. This bare-bones but authentic version is simply a mix of green apple and celery mixed with mayonnaise—lettuce optional. It may sound strange, but don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.
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Luckily, stuffing is one dish that never went out of style. This vegetarian apple-cranberry stuffing has all the flavors of fall and is a great option for those hoping for a meatless dish at Thanksgiving dinner.
This one-pan meal is the epitome of fall flavors. Plus, it’s perfect for busy weeknights when you want to throw some ingredients in the oven and walk away. If you need more recipes like this, there are a wealth of sheet pan dinner recipes that will make your life so easy.
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