Just like Great Aunt Dora used to make them!
I was a child bride. Only 19 and already loved to cook. My ever-patient mom allowed me to cook once I could see over the stove, bless her heart. We have a marriage made in heaven because my husband loves to eat!
When I was just 16, he took me home to meet the family in his hometown, a little farming community, population, >500. That day I met everyone on both sides of his family but the most memorable were his three precious maiden aunts, Dora, Christina and Martha.
Dora was the oldest daughter which made her the boss of the kitchen and pretty much everything else. I am completely certain that Dora had a direct pipeline to God and I adored her. Dora used to hire out to families to take care of kids when moms and dads went to important things like the State Fair or a Farm Bureau convention.
Despite the fact that she never had children of her own, she had more youngsters who loved her than anyone I have ever known. And the woman could cook! In fact, they all could and another day, I’ll tell you about Chris and Martha’s best recipes, but today I’m gonna tell you about fried apples.
Why fry apples? I thought they were for pie.
My husband is German to the core. I always tell him he can’t help it. 😉 His family came from Luxemborg by way of Iowa and they were hard-working, thrifty farmers. His dad was the baby of nine children (and that’s a whole other story for another day!) This may have been taken on Easter Sunday.
Aunt Dora (that’s her in the middle of the back row in 1932) showed me how to fry apples. They were often served alongside sausage or ham and I fell in love with them on the spot. Oddly enough, that dish sort of fell out of my mealtime playlist until lately. What a dumb thing to do! They’re so easy and so good with so many things!
Here’s how you make them!
Start with some nice firm apples.
Use your favorite! These are Fujis, which we love, but Jonathans or Granny Smiths make mighty good fried apples, too. Allow about one large apple per serving.
Quarter them and remove the core.
Slice them into thin half moons.
Put them in a non-stick skillet with a tight fitting lid. Add about one tablespoon of butter per apple.
Cover and cook on medium heat until liquid is released and apples are tender. Cook time will depend on the variety of apple but somewhere around 15 minutes.
Now remove the lid and sprinkle on about a teaspoon of sugar per apple and cook until the apples begin to brown along the edges. Stir occasionally.
Don’t worry if they get a bit too brown, that crispy edge is delicious!
When they’re brown to your liking, sprinkle ever so lightly with some coarse salt for the ultimate naturally sweet-salty side dish.
These are amazing with sausage and kraut and some plain buttered potatoes. Also yummy with ham, pulled pork, pork chops or roasted chicken. Sometimes when I want them more savory, I add some thinly sliced sweet onion to the apples and let the flavors marry while they fry.
Another way to serve these is to skip the salt and use cinnamon sugar and a dash of nutmeg. You end up with sort of a crustless apple pie that’s great with cream or over ice cream! Yum!
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