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6 Apple Recipes That Go Beyond Dessert

From trips to the local orchard to delicious classics like caramel apples and apple pie, apples are a staple of autumn. This common fruit, which comes in thousands of different varietals, is also fantastic in savory dishes. As the weather pulls us into sweater season, dive into the comfort and versatility of apples with recipes that will take you from breakfast to dinner.

Chicken Normandy

Named after the famed northern region of France, Chicken Normandy is a dish packed with rich flavor. Unlike many French recipes, this recipe is ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Chicken thighs are cooked on the stove with mustard, fresh Granny Smith apples, heavy cream, onions, garlic, and apple brandy, and topped with fresh sage.

Tarragon and Apple Chicken Salad

tarragon and apple chicken salad on a bed of greens

Quick-prep lunches can be a game-changer, and this fresh, crunchy chicken salad is no exception. With red apples, Granny Smith apples, pistachios, celery, and a homemade tarragon mustard vinaigrette, this recipe chills for a day in the fridge and will keep your weekday lunches healthy and exciting.

Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Bacon

Fall is the perfect time for heart-warming soups. This butternut squash soup is easy to make and features the well-balanced sweetness of diced apples and onions. Top it all off with cream, crispy bacon, and your choice of freshly grated parmesan or blue cheese crumbles.

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

breakfast sausage and apple stuffing

Every comfort meal deserves a flavorful companion. Partner a turkey dinner or a juicy, Sunday roast with sausage and apple stuffing. Sweet Gala apples, crusty bread, and spicy Italian sausage make this a hearty side dish. It’s so satisfying that you might forget it’s not the main course.

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples

Pork and apples are fast friends. This pork chops recipe combines the saltiness of pork with the crisp bite of sweet Gala apples, cooked together in a skillet with onions and seasoned with thyme, rosemary, and sage. Its quick prep time makes this a good choice for easy weeknight dinners that are full of complex flavors.

Maple Bacon and Apple Dutch Baby

bacon dutch baby

This savory grain-free apple dish is the perfect choice for a weekend brunch with friends and family. Bacon and apples provide the time-tested combination of salty and sweet, and eggs and maple syrup round this out to a protein-packed dish.

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