30 Days of Apple Recipes

Celery, Fennel, Apple Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts
Photo: © Fredrika Stjärne

Granny Smith, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Gala, Golden Delicious — there are so many varieties of apples we can't wait to get our hands on this fall. Part of the magic of apple season is getting to pick your own at the orchard, bringing home basketfuls of fresh, crisp fruit. But even if picking apples isn't your thing, they're still everywhere you turn. It's easy to take home enough apples to cook with all season long in a single trip. That's why we've compiled 30 of our best apple recipes for you to cook this fall. From a non-traditional cumin and jaggery-glazed apple pie to a kielbasa-apple strata and smoked duck breasts with apple-brandy caramel, we've got every sweet and savory category covered. All you have to do is go out and get the apples. We've got the rest. – Morgan Goldberg

01 of 30

Braised Chicken with Apples and Calvados

Braised Chicken with Apples and Calvados
Con Poulos

Chef Matthew Accarrino uses apples, apple cider, and the apple brandy Calvados to add layers of flavor to his braised chicken. If that wasn't enough apple for you, he uses two Granny Smith apples, too. We love this fall chicken dish that's perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

02 of 30

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Ginger Gold Apple

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Ginger Gold Apple
Con Poulos

During her tenure at Graft Wine + Cider Bar in the Finger Lakes, chef Christina McKeough used local apples in everything from salads to pie to the tangy mostarda slathered on her smoked Gouda grilled cheese sandwiches. She loves to use a tart-sweet Ginger Gold in this brussels sprout slaw for its crisp texture. We love it, too.

03 of 30

Cumin and Jaggery-Glazed Apple Pie

Cumin-and-Jaggery-Glazed Apple Pie
Marcus Nilsson

Of course, we're going to hit you with an apple pie recipe, but not the classic one you might think. Cookbook author and chef Asha Gomez's striking apple pie gets a glossy finish from melted jaggery, a deep amber sugar, and piquant cumin seeds. Save any extra glaze for a last-minute drizzle before serving.

04 of 30

Apple-Caramel Sundaes

Apple Caramel Sundaes
John Kernick

For an easy dessert, F&W Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple takes apples, chops them up, and mixes them into a buttery brown sugar caramel that's perfect for an autumnal ice cream sundae.

05 of 30

Farro with Vinegar-Glazed Sweet Potato and Apples

Farro with Vinegar-Glazed Sweet Potato and Apples
© Con Poulos

This easy weeknight dinner dish practically screams fall. Roasting sweet potatoes and apples with a little sherry vinegar and tossing them with farro, dried cherries, and roasted cashews makes for a hearty cool-weather dish that you'll want to keep making all season long.

06 of 30

Beet and Apple Salad

Beet-and-Apple Salad
David Malosh

For the salad at his restaurant, chef George Mendes uses fresh horseradish and Gegenbauer cider vinegar, a rare Austrian import. But this home version calls for jarred horseradish and supermarket apple-cider vinegar. It makes for a bright, refreshing salad with an extra punch.

07 of 30

Anise Pork with Figs and Apples

Anise Pork with Figs and Apples
Ashley Colbourne

The sweet licorice flavor of anise or fennel seeds adds depth to this pork dish. For the sauce, look for dried figs that are soft and moist. If they seem dry, soften them in hot water before cutting.

08 of 30

Babette Friedman's Apple Cake

Babette Friedman’s Apple Cake
Roland Bello

Le Coucou chef Daniel Rose stirs apples into the batter of this pound cake–like dessert and then tops it with more of the Calvados-spiked fruit. We could eat this cake pretty much each and every day of the fall and be extremely happy, and we think you would be, too.

09 of 30

Celery, Fennel, and Apple Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts

Celery, Fennel, Apple Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts
© Fredrika Stjärne

"In the winter, I love to have a bright-tasting salad," says designer and blogger Athena Calderone about this side dish. Honeycrisps are her favorite apples, for their sweet-tart flavor and crisp, juicy texture, but you can use the variety you like best.

10 of 30

Apple Cake with Cranberries

Apple Cranberry Cake
John Kernick

For his moist and buttery upside-down cake, Justin Chapple layers apples with cranberries and brown sugar, then tops them with a fantastic sour cream batter. We love this cake because it's super quick (it takes just 20 active minutes) and it's delicious.

11 of 30

Butternut Squash with Fennel and Apple

Butternut Squash with Fennel and Apple
Food & Wine

Fennel and apple round out this easy oven-roasted butternut squash dish to create a festive medley of fall flavors. We suggest Gala apples, but any mild, sweet variety will do.

12 of 30

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings
Food & Wine

We like pretty much any kind of dumpling, and that definitely includes these apple dumplings. In this dish, apples baked in flaky pastry with cinnamon sugar are irresistible. They're even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To save preparation time, we use frozen puff pastry sheets.

13 of 30

Apple and Pear Galette with Walnut Streusel

Best Fall Desserts
Con Poulos

This free-form galette is so much less fussy to make than a traditional apple pie. It has great fall flavor and texture from apples, pears, and the crunchy streusel on top. Using unpeeled apples and pears saves time too, which is an added bonus.

14 of 30

Curried Carrot and Apple Soup

Curried Carrot and Apple Soup
Con Poulos

Warm yourself on a cool fall day with this bright, velvety soup. It has a wonderful balance of sweetness, spice, and tang. The secret ingredient: gingersnap cookies. Plus, it only takes an hour from start to finish, which makes it perfect for a weeknight.

15 of 30

Pan-Seared Sausages with Apples

Pan-Seared Sausages with Apples
© Marcus Nilsson

At Farm Bloomington, chef Daniel Orr sells a number of Midwestern sausages, including bratwurst from Fiedler Family Farms in Rome, Indiana. But sweet Italian sausages will work in this recipe, too. Be sure to use cooking apples that will hold their shape, like Granny Smiths, Winesaps, or Rome Beauties.

16 of 30

Gluten-Free Apple-Spice Muffins

Gluten-Free Apple-Spice Muffins
Food & Wine

Even if you aren't gluten-free, you'll still enjoy these fall muffins. Applesauce is a wonderful "secret ingredient" for gluten-free baked goods. You can use store-bought sauce or make your own by pureeing chopped apples with a little bit of water and a squeeze of lime or lemon juice.

17 of 30

Caramelized Apple Bread With Candied Ginger and Almond

Caramelized Apple Bread with Ginger and Almond
Photo by Caitlin Bensel / Prop Styling by Christina Daley / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall

This treat might remind you of a tarte Tatin, since it's also topped with gorgeously caramelized apples. But the similarities end there. Instead of cake, the base is a buttery yeasted bread with a creamy almond-paste filling tucked inside. Even better, the apples sizzle in caramel before they're arranged in a baking pan that's been sprinkled with crystallized ginger, ensuring gently spiced flavor in every bite.

18 of 30

Kielbasa, Apple, and Onion Strata with Mornay Sauce

Kielbasa, Apple, and Onion Strata with Mornay Sauce
Yekaterina Boytsova

In this hearty egg and bread casserole, smoky kielbasa, sweet apples, and nutty cheese combine to create a truly unforgettable breakfast dish that's just right for a weekend. Serve it on its own, or go the extra mile and make a luscious cheese sauce to drizzle on top. And don't forget the extra touches of honey and salt — they highlight the flavor of the apples and cheese.

19 of 30

Miso Caramel-Apple Danish

Miso Caramel Apple Danish
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

With filling options more numerous than their flaky layers, Danish have legions of fans across the globe. This upgrade on the classic cream cheese filling stars a sweet and savory tango of buttery miso-enriched caramel brushed over wafer-thin slices of apple.

20 of 30

Baked Bourbon-Apple Butter

Baked Bourbon Apple Butter Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

There's no better way to spend a chilly fall weekend afternoon than by making this nearly effortless apple butter. A bounty of sweet apples bake down into a rich, spreadable treat that's infused with the warming notes of cinnamon, ginger, and bourbon.

21 of 30

Apple-Rum Spice Cake

Joanne Chang's Apple-Rum Spice Cake
Tara Donne

A tender chiffon cake pairs well with the light and billowy frosting, seasoned with spicy-fresh ginger juice. Warm spices and a shot of rum add a kick to the apple compote that makes this a centerpiece dessert for the adult table.

22 of 30

Rustic Apple-Rye Bread

Rustic Apple Rye Bread
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Torie Cox / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

Cracked rye berries soaked in buttermilk, raisins, a dash of cinnamon, and cubes of heirloom apples that release their juices into the crumb while baking all make this loaf extra special. To be successful with this bread, you need to have a healthy sourdough starter. Make sure you're using quality products — splurge on good organic buttermilk and raisins, cinnamon (preferably Sri Lankan), and some fine heirloom apples.

23 of 30

Fennel and Apple Salad with Hazelnuts

Hazelnut, Fennel and Green Apple Salad
Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Prissy Lee

Tucked in among the tender lettuce leaves, fragrant fennel, sweet-tart Granny Smith apple, and toasty hazelnuts add a refreshing crunch to this fall salad.

24 of 30

Apple-Ham Quiche

Apple and Ham Quiche
Victor Protasio

Thin apple and ham slices are rolled together and set in a tender, herby custard sprinkled with sharp white cheddar. For a quicker weeknight dinner, use a frozen 9-inch deep-dish pie shell, blind-baked according to package instructions.

25 of 30

Apple Crostata with Brown Butter Streusel

Apple Crostata with Brown Butter Streusel
© Justin Bernhaut

This free-form apple tart is filled with tart apples, topped with streusel, baked until golden brown, and served with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup.

26 of 30

Apple Cheddar Rye Pie

Apple Cheddar Rye Pie
Gerard + Belevender

Nutty rye flour and sharp cheddar cheese enrich buttery pie crust in this sweet-and-savory twist on classic apple pie. Tapioca starch thickens the filling, while keeping it clear and glossy.

27 of 30

Stuffed Pork Tenderloins with Bacon and Apple-Riesling Sauce

Stuffed Pork Tenderloins with Bacon and Apple-Riesling Sauce
© Kirsten Strecker

Chef Debra Whiting mixes fresh goat cheese with apple, sausage, and greens, then stuffs it inside a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.

28 of 30

Apple Pie à la Mode Ice Cream Sandwiches

Apple Pie a la Mode Ice Cream Sandwiches
Eva Kolenko

Top Chef winner Kristen Kish designed this dessert to honor both of her grandmothers, one known for her apple pie and the other for her snickerdoodles. Kish folds spiced apple pie filling into vanilla ice cream, then forms sandwiches with chewy snickerdoodle cookies.

29 of 30

Smoked Duck Breasts with Apple-Brandy Caramel

Smoked Duck Breasts with Apple-Brandy Caramel
William Hereford

In this recipe from 2017 F&W Best New Chef Angie Mar, the duck fat caramel will be perfectly thick and sweet by the time the apples are tender, providing a rich sauce that pairs perfectly with smoky duck breast.

30 of 30

Apple Bread Pudding

Apple Bread Pudding
© Anson Smart

Gail Simmons rescues a failed Top Chef Restaurant Wars recipe by sautéing the apples in brandy and butter, then soaking both the fruit and brioche in lots of vanilla custard before baking.

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