It’s time for our annual apple orchard visit. As you may remember, we had to find a new orchard this year, as Sponsel’s closed last year. We’d gone there for 8 years in a row (a few posts: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005). LIZ took the responsibility of finding a new orchard, and hopefully by Sunday evening, I’ll be up to my elbows in apples. I bookmark recipes all year long in anticipation of this (though I surprisingly could only find one previous apple linkfest post – I could swear there should be more, but I can’t find them).
Anyway, here we go in no particular order (and with pictures when possible)…. I’ll have you know there are over 4,000 recipes that come up when you search Tastespotting for “apples” (though admittedly a few are pineapple recipes), but I’ve tried to only include recipes here that I would make and that sound interesting/unique (which is code for “please no more apple crisp recipes,” though I apparently can’t help myself).
Apple Cranberry Crisp [link removed] – Use Real Butter. OK, in all honesty, I probably won’t make this, but I’m sure someone else will be glad I shared the recipe.
Cinnamon Overload Apple Crisp – Elle’s New England Kitchen [link removed]
Classic Apple Crisp – King Arthur Flour [link removed]
Caramel Apple Crisp – Eating Well… Living Thin [link removed]
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp – Barefoot Contessa (Foot Network) [link removed]
Perfect Apple Crisp – The Girl Who Ate Everything [link removed]
5 Apple Recipes – Foodie Crush [link removed]. There are actually 5 recipes at this link, but I picked the two I liked, Baked Apple Cuplettes and Apple Almond Snail Pastries. Personal-sized baked apple items are best, since I am the only one in my house who will be eating them.
Apple Streudel – Beyond Kimchee [link removed]
Cheese Apple Streudel – Peppercorns in my Pocket [link removed]. Maybe if I halved the cream cheese? It looks to be too much to me, but what do I know?
Apple Hand Pies – Food Loves Writing [link removed]. This is really what I need to do. Especially if I froze them before baking.
Apple and Bleu Cheese Turnovers – Snail’s View [link removed] (scroll partway down). Made with puff pastry, these would be super quick. And delicious, of course.
Pork, Apple, and Cider Pie – Spicy Ice Cream [link removed]. I believe I’d have to convert this to a personal-sized pot pie, but that’s OK. It’d probably make up a few, and then we could freeze those (I’d have to make up some chicken or beef pot pies too, for Prince Charming, but I think that could be arranged – I’m sure I have a recipe or 3 bookmarked).
Bacon-Apple-Jalapeno Pop ‘Ems – Erin Cooks [link removed]. I am really not sure about this idea, but since Jalapeno Poppers are already on my list of foods to make, it couldn’t hurt to throw some diced apple into a few and see how they turn out.
Apple Bacon Cheddar Grilled Cheese – Karma Cucina [link removed]. OK, I totally couldn’t decide between this one and the next one. They both sound yummy.
Smoked Gouda, Apple, and Bacon Melt – The Cilantropist [link removed]. If you needed help deciding between the two, this recipe calls for the genius idea of toasting the bread in the leftover bacon grease. You know, I have apples and bacon and cheese at home, and have to fend for myself for dinner… perhaps I should acquire some bread at the farmer’s market today.
Of course, going to the orchard and coming home with apples means I need to do something with the squash I have already laying about my house, and the zucchini and peppers that I’ve been meaning to preserve too. Looks like I’ve got plans tonight!