Apple Cider Everything
Six seasonal dishes that showcase fresh apple cider.
There’s nothing quite like a day of apple picking: working up an appetite walking through rows of trees, eating apples until you burst, sipping on cider and then miraculously finding a bit more room to chow down on cider mill doughnuts. You go into the day with plans for the bushel of apples, what about that gallon of cider you impulse-bought? After one or two very refreshing glasses, it’s going to creep to the back of the refrigerator only to be found in a few months when you replace it with a carton of eggnog. Don’t let it go to waste! Get inspired with these seasonal ideas for using up the last of the cider.
Apple Cider Doughnuts (pictured above)
If you didn't get your fill of cider doughnuts (and really, is there ever enough?) make your own at home. For maximum apple flavor, this seasonal staple gets two hits of cider: once in the batter and again in the glaze. No doughnut cutter, no problem. You can use two circle cookie cutters, or the lid of a mason jar and the big end of a pastry tip.
Classic snickerdoodles get a seasonal makeover with the addition of apple cider, baked apple chips and a dip into apple pie spice and sugar instead of the usual cinnamon sugar. Bake just until the edges are set, and the centers are still soft for amazingly chewy cookies.
Seared chicken takes a dip in cider along with apples and onions, leaving you with a sweet and savory one-skillet meal ready in just about 40 minutes.
Cider, rum and cinnamon schnapps combine to make a seasonal cocktail perfect for your next party. Toss diced apples in lemon juice to prevent them from browning before adding as a garnish.
These mini muffins are packed with huge fall flavor. Choose crisp apples that will stand up to baking like Gala or Pink Ladies.
Use the pan juices from the roasted pork loin, vegetables and apples as a flavor base for apple cider gravy that brings this single-skillet meal together.