Today I’m gonna tell you about fried apples. When I was just sixteen, my husband took me home to meet the family in his hometown, a tiny farming community of less than 500 hearty souls.
I met everyone on both sides of his family that day, but the most memorable were his three precious maiden aunts, Dora, Christina, and Martha!
Dora was the oldest girl which made her the boss of the kitchen and pretty much everything else. I’m certain Dora had a direct pipeline to God and I adored her.
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.
Why German Food Is Popular All Over The World
Simply because it’s hearty, full of flavor, and super tasty! My husband is German to the core and he loves to eat! What a great arrangement because I love to cook!
His ancestors on both sides immigrated from Germany to Nebraska and they were all hard-working, thrifty farmers. His dad was the baby of nine children (and that’s a whole other story for another day!) This photo was taken on Easter Sunday in 1932.
Aunt Dora (that’s her in the middle of the back row) showed me how to fry apples. She often served alongside sausage or ham and I fell in love with them on the spot.
Oddly enough, that dish sort of fell off my mealtime playlist until lately. What a silly thing to do! They’re so easy and so good with so many things!
Make some now while apples are abundant and at their peak of perfection!
Here’s How You Make Fried Apples Like Great Aunt Dora
Start with some nice firm apples.
Use your favorite! These are Fujis, which we love, but Jonathans or Granny Smiths or Braeburns make mighty good fried apples, too! Allow about one large apple per serving.
Quarter them and remove the core.
Slice the apples into thin half moons.
Put them in a non-stick skillet with a tight fitting lid.
Add about one tablespoon of real 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.
I Thought Apples Were Just For Pie
But fried apples are amazing with sausage, sauerkraut, and plain buttered potatoes. Also yummy with ham, pulled pork, pork chops, or oven-roasted chicken.
Sometimes, when I want them more savory, I add thinly sliced sweet onion to the apples and let the flavors mingle and get to know each other while they fry.
Yet another way to serve fried apples is to skip the salt and use cinnamon sugar and a dash of nutmeg instead. You end up with sort of a crustless apple pie that’s great with cream or over ice cream! Yum!
- 4 large, fresh firm apples, washed and left unpeeled.
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 4 tsp sugar or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp coarse salt or to taste
- Core and quarter apples and slice in thin half-moon wedges.
- Put apples and butter ina non-stick skillet with a tight-fitting lid.
- Cook over medium-low heat until apples release moisture and are tender.
- Uncover skillet, sprinkle with sugar and continue cooking over medium heat until liquid is reduced and edges begin to brown slightly.
- Just before serving, sprinkle apples with coarse salt.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 5gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g
Have you ever made fried apples? What do you serve with them? Who showed you how to make them?
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