Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Apples, Apples and more Apples.

I love apples. We did get to the apple farm this year but it wasn't a farm where you could pick your own. I did buy a few but I thought they were dreadfully expensive. I still plan to acquire a bushel or so and can pie filling & apple sauce. It is getting a little late for that. Either way, Aldi has been carrying a nice variety (SIX different types!!!) of apples and they are much more reasonable so I have been cooking up a storm of apples! Here are a few apple recipes that I have tried that turned out fabulous! The Chicken & Apples recipe is TO DIE FOR! I am not kidding it was one of the best things EVER! Everyone in my family gobbled it right up!

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CHICKEN AND APPLES


3 Granny Smith apples
2 lg. onions, sliced
6 halves boneless chicken breasts
Poultry seasoning
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 c. bread crumbs
4 tbsp. white wine
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
Saute onions and apples (peeled, cored and sliced) in butter about 10 minutes. Put in a greased casserole dish. Put chicken on top. Sprinkle with pepper and poultry seasoning. Combine cheeses and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over chicken. Drizzle wine over top. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour covered. Uncover and continue baking 1/2 hour longer. Serves 6.

Caramel Apple Pie

INGREDIENTS:
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch
double crust deep dish pie
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 cups thinly sliced apples
1/2 cup caramel ice cream
topping
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 (16 ounce) package frozen
whipped topping, thawed
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven and cookie sheet to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
2. Stir together the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Toss with the apples in a mixing bowl.
3. Pour the mixture into the first unbaked pie shell then drizzle the caramel topping over the top. Sprinkle with pecans. Place the second pie shell over this and flute the edges. Cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape then place on preheated cookie sheet.
4. Bake 45-50 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for 1 hour before slicing. Top with whipped topping, if desired.
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Apple Dumplings I
INGREDIENTS:
1 (16 ounce) can refrigerated
flaky biscuit dough
4 apples - peeled, cored and
halved
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Butter a 7x11 inch baking pan. Separate biscuit dough into 8 pieces. Flatten each piece of dough into a circle. Wrap one biscuit around each apple half and place, seam side down, in pan.
3. In small bowl, combine sugar, water, melted butter and vanilla. Pour mixture over dumplings in pan. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until golden. Serve hot.

Chunky French Applesauce
6-8 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced (use Golden Delicious or McIntosh, about 3 pounds)
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water or apple juice
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


1-2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  1. Melt butter in a large saucaepan over medium heat; add in apple slices, stir for 1-2 minutes until well coated with the butter.
  2. Add in water or apple juice, lemon juice and cinnamon (if using) cover and cook stirring occasionally until the apples are tender (about 20-25 minutes, if the apples become to dry then add in 1-2 tablespoons water or apple juice).

1 comment:

carrie said...

Mmmmm. I think we'll have to try the chicken and apples. We were given a bushel from friends who have an orchard and I've been trying lots of new recipes! Thanks for posting.