It’s harvest season in Michiana and apple orchards are bursting with fruit ready for the table.
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You can head to your nearest grocery store and pick up Granny Smiths or Jonagolds for pie, or Golden Delicious for plain slices of apple. If you prefer to pick your own, U-Pick apple orchards in Michiana are open now.
When you get home with your harvest, try one (or all) of these recipes.
Easy skillet apple pie
This apple pie from So, How’s It Taste? has a crispy crust and a mix of apples.
- 2 lbs. Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut in half-inch slices
- 2 lbs. Braeburn apples, peeled and cut in half-inch slices
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 package refrigerated pie crust
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Toss apples with cinnamon and granulated sugar.
- Melt butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet. When butter is melted, add brown sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove the skillet from heat and put one pie crust over the brown sugar and butter.
- Place apple mixture into pie crust and top with another crust.
- Whisk egg white until foamy, and brush on top crust. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of granulated sugar and cut slits in the top crust.
- Bake for one hour or until golden brown, shielding the edges with foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.
Peanut butter apple dip
This sweet and simple dip from Something Swanky is packed with protein, is gluten-free and perfect to eat with slices of apple.
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt
- ½ tbsp. honey
Only one, just mix well and store in an airtight container.
Apple baked pork chops
Adding apples to your pork chops will keep this entree sweet and moist. Try this recipe via Knead to Cook.
- 4 pork chops
- 5 red apples, peeled and sliced
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. butter
- Cinnamon, to taste.
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lay chops in bottom of greased casserole dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pile apples on top of chops and sprinkle with cinnamon to taste, plus brown sugar and nutmeg. Cut pieces of butter and place over apples.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake 45 to 60 minutes or until pork is cooked.