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Savory Ways with Apples

Pork Tnederloin with Apples recipe

You already love apples in sweet desserts like pies, cakes, tarts, and crisps. But this favorite fall fruit works wonders in savory recipes, too. Make it star in salad, pair it with pork, or add it to a grilled cheese sandwich for a crisp crunch.


Arugula, Mint & Apple Salad with Walnuts & Buttermilk Dressing

Apples add their crisp crunch to a colorful salad that would make a great start to a dinner party.

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Cheddar, Apple, and Pastrami Grilled Cheese

This sandwich (aka the Johnny Apple Cheese) features crisp, thinly sliced apples as well as a tangy-sweet apple spread (based on store-bought apple butter) that perfectly complements the pastrami and cheese.

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Smoked Trout with Apple and Crème Fraîche

In this savory-sweet nibble, thinly sliced apple is a fresh, creative stand-in for crostini or crackers.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Maple-Sage Butter

Apples paired with sweet potatoes and maple syrup make a deliciously sweet side that works with anything from pan-seared steak to roasted turkey.

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Chicken Burgers with Red Cabbage & Apple Slaw

For a fresh take on a burger, give these chicken patties a try. Apples and celery mixed into the ground chicken give the burgers a subtly sweet, aromatic note, while the bright, creamy slaw provides great crunch.

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Sear-Roasted Salmon with Honey-Glazed Fennel

The richness of sear-roasted salmon is contrasted by the bright, sweet-tart salad of apple and fennel that tops it.

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Potato & Cheddar Latkes with Brown Sugar Applesauce

Molten Cheddar oozes out of the centers of these crisp-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside latkes, making them more substantial. The simple homemade applesauce makes a heavenly topper.

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Cabbage and Apples with Riesling and Caraway

Apples and cabbage are a classic pairing; the sweetness of the former balances the pungency of the latter. This dish is a perfect match for roast pork loin or sausage, such as bratwurst or boudin blanc.

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Endive and Apple Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

When cooked, Belgian endive develops a mellow, slightly nutty flavor that pairs nicely with sautéed apples, rounds of hazelnut-coated goat cheese, and a sweet-tart dressing for a salad that’s sure to become favorite.

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Curried Parsnip & Apple Soup

Apples that soften when cooked (like Empires, Jonathans, and McIntoshes) make a velvety puréed soup. Curry powder and fresh ginger give the soup a flavor boost, while the chive and apple garnish adds a fresh layer of brightness, calling out the apple flavor.

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Oven-Toasted Ham, Brie and Apple Sandwiches

Creamy brie and crunchy tart-sweet apples complement the salty ham in this hearty sandwich.

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Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Apple & Fig Compote

Though apples are not cooked with the chicken, they lend their flavor to a savory compote that gets served with it (and which would also be delicious with a pork roast).

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Quinoa Salad with Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Gouda

With its dried fruit, walnuts, and apples, this sweet-and-savory dish is reminiscent of a Waldorf salad. It’s a great meat-free lunch or side dish for dinner.

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Apple, Beet & Walnut Salad with Lemon-Miso Vinaigrette

You can use Gala, Crispin, or Granny Smith apples in this beautiful fall salad.

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Pork Tenderloin with Apples

Turn your Sunday dinner table into the corner table at a French bistro with a meal that incorporates juicy pork tenderloin and a few French cuisine staples like fresh butter, cream, shallots, apples, and thyme.

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Spinach Salad with Apple, Dried Apricots & Pappadam Croutons

Apples meet Indian spices in this unique take on spinach salad.

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Chicken with Apples and Cider

That you make this chicken all in one dish only adds to the beauty of this roast, which features the flavors of apple, cream and tarragon

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Apple, Blue Cheese & Hazelnut Salad on Endive Leaves

This perfect little hors d'oeuvres never goes out of style.

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Apple and Escarole Salad with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts

Here, piquant blue cheese, toasty nuts, and slightly bitter escarole are delicious counterpoints to sweet, juicy apples.

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