5 Savory Recipes That Prove Apples Can Do It All

The in-season fruit goes with cheese better than you'd ever imagine.

September 09, 2021
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If September’s arrival has you wanting to pull out the plaid and head to the apple orchard, we’re right there with you. There’s no denying how excited we are about fresh, in-season produce and all the ways we can use it in the kitchen — and we mean all. While apples are often synonymous with flaky and warm pies, there’s no reason to skip straight to the treats. Apples can be turned into irresistible, savory dishes that are so good you might not even want to save room for dessert.

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"Cornbread stuffed" might have you envisioning Thanksgiving sides, but this dish is easy enough to whip up midweek. No need to wait for a holiday! Halve and core the apples, then chop the flesh and mix with Cheddar, crumbled cornbread and seasonings. Pour apple cider over the apples to lock in flavor and bake till crisp.

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Yellow soup topped with shredded cheese, herbs, bacon and cracked black pepper

©Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Food Network Magazine's 5-star soup is rich yet light, and it'll warm you up from the inside out. Thinly sliced apples and a touch of cider pair perfectly with sharp Cheddar and a garnish of prosciutto. Many fans admit to making this soup multiple times, and we can see why.

Talk about a winner, winner weeknight brinner! Self-rising flour, which has both leavening and salt in it, helps fluff up these beauties. The cheesy, apple-studded waffles are filled with savory flavor. Maple syrup infused with grainy mustard is perfect drizzled over top or served on the side.

For a quick skillet side, look no further. Combine apples, fennel and shallots with a touch of cider vinegar and allspice for a simple, versatile accompaniment to any main course.

Inspired by a delicious salad at the New York City restaurant Charlie Bird, this farro is cooked in apple cider, which allows it to develop a sweet, fruity quality. Toss it with some olive oil and lemon, then top it with some freshly grated Parmesan for a savory side you'll crave all fall.

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