From salads to savory entrées to desserts, apples can add sweet or tart flavor to just about any part of your meal.
- Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
An Apple a DayApples come in a variety of colors, from golden yellow to deep red, and a range of textures including crisp, soft, and firm, but we've found through tedious research that all types of apples are, in a word, delicious. Whether you prefer tart or sweet, there's an apple out there made just for you.
Watercress-Bibb Salad with Apples and Blue CheeseTake a holiday from lettuce and tomato with this easy salad combination of tangy greens, tart Granny Smith apples, and creamy blue cheese. The bright, slightly sour flavor of the apples perfectly complements the savory blue cheese crumbles. If you're short on time, replace the homemade vinaigrette, made with apple juice and Dijon mustard, with a bottled variety.
Broiled ApplesThe next time you're craving apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, try this easy recipe. Sliced apples (any kind will do) are tossed with a squirt of lemon and a dab of butter and sugar and broiled until lightly browned. Serve with ice cream and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with Harvest ApplesIt takes a small amount of up-front preparation, but then this easy casserole cooks by itself in the oven with little fuss. So put your feet up and enjoy the aroma of roasting apples and pork tenderloin simmering in a mustard cream sauce laced with wine, then get ready to dig in.
Leek and Apple CrêpesUse vinegar to make a savory filling for crepes that's topped with a dollop of crème fraîche or sour cream. Make the 5-ingredient crêpes in advance and freeze between layers of waxed paper until ready to use.
Braised Red Cabbage with Sausage and ApplesPut this easy one-dish meal in your file of fast weeknight suppers. It's as simple as sautéing apples, red cabbage, and Italian sausage links with seasonings and vinegar. Need to save even more time? Sub shredded green cabbage for the red and switch to white wine vinegar.
Maple Baked ApplesThese no-fuss baked apples are made with a super simple filling of raisins, walnuts, and maple syrup. Tuck the raisin mixture into cored apples (Gala and Rome varieties hold their shape best during baking), dot with butter, and bake for 40 minutes. Serve hot or cold–they're equally delicious either way.
Apple CobblerFans of apple pie will go crazy for this cobbler made with Granny Smith apples tossed with apple cider and spices and then topped with a store-bought pie crust. Cobblers pack all the flavor of homemade pies into a simple, layered dessert. The best news about this recipe for cooks? It's super easy to assemble.