It might be just me, but it is the middle of October and I am already over pumpkin!!  It seems every store, every coffee shop, every bakery is filled with pumpkin.  So, instead of more pumpkin recipes, I am giving a shout out to my other fall favorite…APPLES! (One a day keeps the doctor away) Now being the southern girl that I am, Southern Living is my go to and being a little bit of a foodie I look to Bon Appetit for my favorite apple dinners.

Easy Skillet Apple Pie

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350º. Peel apples, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Toss apples with cinnamon and 3/4 cup granulated sugar.
Step 2: Melt butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add brown sugar, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and place 1 piecrust in skillet over brown sugar mixture. Spoon apple mixture over piecrust, and top with remaining piecrust. Whisk egg white until foamy. Brush top of piecrust with egg white; sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar. Cut 4 or 5 slits in top for steam to escape.
Step 3: Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly, shielding with aluminum foil during last 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning, if necessary. Cool on a wire rack 30 minutes before serving. Serve with butter-pecan ice cream

Recipe from: MyRecipes.com


Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • CREAM CHEESE FILLING:
  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • APPLE CAKE BATTER:
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups peeled and finely chopped Gala apples (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • PRALINE FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

Step 1: Prepare Filling: Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Add egg, flour, and vanilla; beat just until blended.
Step 2: Prepare Batter: Preheat oven to 350º. Bake pecans in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Stir together 3 cups flour and next 7 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in eggs and next 3 ingredients, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in apples and pecans.
Step 3: Spoon two-thirds of apple mixture into a greased and floured 14-cup Bundt pan. Spoon Cream Cheese Filling over apple mixture, leaving a 1-inch border around edges of pan. Swirl filling through apple mixture using a paring knife. Spoon remaining apple mixture over Cream Cheese Filling.
Step 4: Bake at 350º for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 2 hours).
Step 5: Prepare Frosting: Bring 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and 3 Tbsp. milk to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until smooth; stir gently 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thickens slightly. Pour immediately over cooled cake.

Recipe from MyRecipes.com


Apple Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large apples, such as Honeycrisp (about 1 1/2 lb.), peeled and cut into 1/4- to 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (16-oz.) cinnamon-raisin bread loaf, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • Apple Brandy Crème Anglaise
  • Sautéed Apples

Directions:

Step 1:Preheat oven to 375°. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add apples, and cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until softened and lightly browned.
Step 2:Whisk together cream and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in bread cubes; let stand 5 minutes. Stir in cooked apples.
Step 3: Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar into a buttered 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Add bread-and-apple mixture to dish, and spread in an even layer. Sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar.
Step 4:Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until light golden and center is set. (Bread pudding will puff to top of dish and pull away slightly from sides as it bakes.) Cool 10 minutes. Serve warm with Apple Brandy Crème Anglaise and Sautéed Apples.
Step 5:Note: We tested with Panera Bread Cinnamon Raisin Bread. To make ahead, cover and chill baked and cooled bread pudding overnight. Let stand 20 minutes; reheat in a 350° oven 20 minutes.
Recipe from: MyRecipes.com

Gruyere Grilled Cheese With Apple Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup 1/4-inch-thick sliced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick slices country-style white bread
  • 8 ounces Gruyère, sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 apple (such as Pink Lady or Fuji), cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over high heat. When butter begins to foam, add shallots and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula, until shallots begin to soften and caramelize, 4–5 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Working in 2 batches, add 1 Tbsp. butter and swirl in pan to melt butter and coat bottom of pan. Add 2 slices of bread to pan and cook until golden brown and crisp on the bottom, 2–3 minutes. Transfer bread, toasted side down, to a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with remaining butter and bread slices. Divide cheese evenly among bread slices; top cheese with reserved shallots.
  3. Place baking sheet in oven and bake until cheese is melted, 7–8 minutes.
  4. Combine arugula, apple slices, lemon juice, and oil in a large bowl; toss to coat and evenly distribute. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Press 2 pieces of bread together, melted cheese sides in; halve sandwich on a diagonal and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining bread slices. Divide salad between plates.

Recipe from: BonAppetit.com

Photo by: Adam Duckor


Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples

Ingredients

Filling
  • 1 ounce (1 cup) dried whole porcini mushrooms
  • 2 ounces (3/4 cup) dried apples
  • 1 pound kale, bottom stems trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt plus more
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or Calvados
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground pork

Pork

1 (trimmed) 2 1/2–3-lb. pork loin

1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more for seasoning

3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

5 sprigs rosemary

4 medium apples (such as Granny Smith or Fuji), quartered, or 8 small apples, halved

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup dry hard cider

1/2 cup low-salt chicken stock

Preparation

Filling

Place dried mushrooms and dried apples in separate small bowls. Add 1 cup boiling water to each bowl. Let mushrooms and apples soak until very soft, about 30 minutes. Strain mushrooms. Cover and chill soaking liquid (about 3/4 cup). Drain apples, discarding soaking liquid. Finely chop mushrooms and apples, combine in a small bowl, and set mushroom and apple mixture aside.

Meanwhile, blanch kale in boiling salted water just until wilted, about 1 minute. Using tongs, transfer kale to a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate until cool. Remove any large, tough ribs.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until soft and lightly golden, about 8 minutes. Add mushrooms and apples; cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme, and rosemary; cook for 1 minute. Add brandy and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute. Stir in 2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Transfer mixture to a bowl and let cool completely. Add ground pork and stir to combine well.

Pork

To butterfly, put pork loin on a work surface with short end facing you. Holding a long, thin sharp knife parallel to work surface and beginning along one long side, cut 1/2″ above underside of roast. Continue slicing inward, pulling back the meat with your free hand and unrolling the roast like a carpet, until the entire loin is flat. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, pound to an even thickness.

Uncover pork. Season with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Place kale leaves on top of loin in an even layer, overlapping as needed and leaving a 1″ border. Spread filling on top of kale. Roll pork into a tight cylinder. Wrap one layer of prosciutto around roast. Tie roast securely with kitchen twine in 1″ intervals. Tuck rosemary sprigs under twine, spacing apart. DO AHEAD: Pork roast can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before continuing.

Preheat oven to 400°. Place apples in a roasting pan. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter with oil in a large skillet. Brown pork on all sides, about 5 minutes total, then set on top of apples in pan. Add cider and 1/2 cup water to skillet and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits. Pour mixture into roasting pan. Roast pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loin registers 140° (it will be cooked medium but still slightly pink), about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let roast rest for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Put roast on a platter. Reserve apples from roasting pan; spoon off fat from juices in pan. Place pan on top of stove over medium-high heat. Add chicken stock. Pour in reserved mushroom liquid, leaving any sediment behind, and cook, scraping bottom of pan to release any browned bits, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and season to taste with salt and pepper. Strain sauce; slice pork. Serve sauce and apples alongside sliced pork.

Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen
Photograph by William Abranowicz