There might be nothing more quintessentially ‘fall’ in Indiana than apple harvest season. (Except maybe Colts football!) As the leaves change color and the temperatures drop, you might have already taken the opportunity to visit one of the many orchards within a few miles of Wesley Place Apartments in downtown Indianapolis. There’s Tuttle Orchard to the northeast, Waterman’s Family Farm and Pleasant View Orchard to the east, Beasley Orchard to the west, and Appleworks to the south.
A sparkling countertop covered in fresh apples is a delight for any foodie. From sweet desserts to savory dishes, there's no shortage of creative ways to use your bounty. Here are ten mouthwatering apple harvest recipes that will help you make the most of this abundant season.
Classic Apple Pie
No list of apple recipes is complete without the timeless apple pie. A flaky, buttery crust encasing a variety of tart and tangy apples tossed in sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg is a comforting autumn dessert that never goes out of style. For an even more decadent twist on the classic recipe, try a salted caramel apple pie!
Caramel Apple Cider
Warm up your evenings with a cozy cup of homemade caramel apple cider. Simmer apple juice, cinnamon sticks, and caramel sauce for a sweet and aromatic drink that's perfect for sipping by the fireplace. And making your own salted caramel is surprisingly simple with just sugar, cream, butter, and salt.
Apple and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken Breasts
For an elegant and savory yet simple twist, try apple and cheddar chicken breasts with a mixture of diced Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh herbs. This dish combines the sweetness of apples with the richness of cheese for a delectable dinner.
Toss your sliced and peeled applies in cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and ground cloves or allspice, and then simmer them on the stovetop for about 15 minutes. This provides a simple and versatile treat you can use as a topping for everything from oatmeal to ice cream.
Cinnamon Apple Chips
Make your own crispy apple chips at home by slicing apples thinly and baking them with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Unlike their store-bought counterparts, they contain no added sugar and they are baked instead of fried so they make an easy and healthy snack you can enjoy all season long.
Apple and Walnut Salad
Combine crisp apple slices with crunchy walnuts, fresh greens, and a zesty vinaigrette for this refreshing and healthy salad that makes a light lunch or side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Slow Cooker Applesauce
Making homemade applesauce is a breeze with the help of a slow cooker. Simply toss in peeled, sliced apples, a touch of sugar, and a hint of cinnamon, and let it cook to perfection. Your kitchen will smell incredible!
Apple, Brie, and Arugula Quesadillas
Elevate your quesadilla game with this recipe that uses Honeycrisp or Ambrosia apple slices, dijon mustard, arugula, and creamy Brie cheese. The combination of sweet, savory, and cheesy flavors is a real crowd-pleaser.
When you’re craving apple pie but you don’t have all day to labor in the kitchen, an apple crisp is the answer. Top sliced apples with a crispy oat and buttery brown sugar crumble, then bake to golden perfection. This apple crisp recipe takes just a little over an hour!
Spiced Apple Butter
If you still have too many apples in your kitchen, spiced apple butter with maple syrup is a lovely way to preserve and transform them into a sweet treat you can spread on toast, muffins, or even as a glaze on roasted meats. The rich, concentrated apple flavor with a hint of spice will become a staple in your kitchen.
Apples are incredibly versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, making them a staple ingredient for autumn cooking. If you live at Wesley Place luxury apartments - Indianapolis, you have the privilege of doing your baking in a spacious kitchen with amenities that include modern granite countertops, upgraded plank flooring, stainless steel appliances, and plenty of storage space with a kitchen pantry. Take a tour this month and reserve your ideal floor plan today: 463-255-5701.