My whole house smells like apples, and I love it! These homemade fried apples can be eaten warm or topped with vanilla ice cream, and they taste just like apple pie, minus the crust. Straight out of Grandma’s country kitchen, these delicious, easy to make country-style fried apples will remind you of down-home cooking at its very best.
Country Style Fried Apples Recipe
Mmmm apples! Apples are a delicious source of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium. Check out the apples from New York website for more apple nutritional information! And, here is a great article with all the benefits apples bestow upon our bodies!
Popular Apple Varieties in the United States:
Most of these apple varieties are available in your local store, farm grove, or at your local farmstand in the north. If you live in New York State, as I do, you know apple picking is a very popular family outing!!
As many of you know, Hubby and I spent a lot of time at Cornell taking Max to the vet hospital the last few years. We were able to see the Cornell Orchards (which are basically across from the vet hospital, with a few roads and parking lot in between), and buy apples at their Orchard Store more than a few times (free parking!). A number of these popular apples on the list below were developed in New York State. And, Cornell continues to work on new apple varieties we can all enjoy!
But what apples are best to cook with? Which ones are sweetest? Which are tart? Well, our friends at the US Apple Association have these great tips and descriptions so you can choose the perfect apple for the “task”:
● Cortland – Founded more than 120 years ago by horticulturalists in New York State, Cortland is a beautiful and tart apple.
Best use: Corland apples browns slower than most when sliced,it is great for serving up as a snack or in a salad.
Available in the fall through early winter.
● Crispin – Sweet, refreshing and super crisp.
Best use: eating, baking, freezing, or cooking into sauce.
● Empire – From the Empire State, New York, these delicious apples are a cross between Red Delicious and McIntosh and were developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. This crisp, juicy apple has a delightful sweet-tart flavor and creamy white flesh.
Best use: all-purpose apple.
Available between September and July.
● Fuji – Fuji is a cross between Ralls Janet and Red Delicious. Sweet flavor and firmness.
Best use: fresh for snacking
Available year-round, beginning in September.
● Gala – Crisp, juicy, and very sweet.
Best use: snacking.
Available year-round, harvesting starts Mid-July
● Granny Smith – Very tart flavor.
Best use: an all-purpose apple, Grannies work equally well as a snack or in pies and sauce.
Available year-round, harvested in August
● Jonagold – A blend of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples, New York native Jonagold offers a unique honey-tart flavor and crispy, juicy, nearly yellow flesh.
Best use: eating fresh and for cooking.
Available October through July.
● McIntosh – Juicy, tangy, tart McIntosh has a tender, white flesh. Best use: snacking, applesauce, pies
Available September through May
● Paula Red – Sweet and tart
Best use: snacking and making applesauce.
● Red Delicious – Sweet, crispy, juicy, the Western Red Delicious are elongated in shape, with pronounced “feet”, the Eastern-grown Delicious are more round. Best use: eaten fresh or in salads.
Country Style Fried Apples Recipe Notes:
● All the spices, and the brown sugar, are “to taste”. This means if you would like more cinnamon spice, use it! Not the biggest fan of allspice? Cut back on the spice. If you would like a sweeter apple, use more brown sugar.
● This recipe may be doubled or tripled. Just use a larger pan to accommodate all the apple slices.
● Choose an apple that will cook well. I have listed a few above, but some “better” choices, in my opinion, are Cortland, Empire, McIntosh, and Paula Red. You use the apple your family likes most when cooked.
Country Style Fried Apples Recipe Ingredients:
● 5 Apples
● 8 TBSP Butter
● ½ cup Brown Sugar
● ¼ tsp GroundAllspice
● ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
Country Style Fried Apples Mise en Place:
Country Style Fried Apples Recipe Directions:
1. Wash, core, peel, and slice your five apples.
2. Heat up a skillet and melt 8 tablespoons of butter (1 stick) in the bottom of the skillet.
3. Once butter is melted, toss in the apple slices. If you would like your apple slices to be super soft let them simmer in butter for a bit, if you want them a little harder, add in remaining ingredients right away.
4. Coat entire skillet of apples with a ½ cup of brown sugar, followed by a ¼ teaspoon of allspice, and then ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
5. Stir to coat all apples in mixture.
6. Once the apples are caramelized and tender, remove from heat and place into a bowl.
7. Garnish with ice cream, or whipped cream, if desired.
8. Serve warm or cold.
- 5 Apples
- 8 TBSP Butter
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ¼ tsp GroundAllspice
- ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
- Wash, core, peel, and slice your five apples.
- Heat up a skillet and melt 8 tablespoons of butter (1 stick) in the bottom of the skillet.
- Once butter is melted, toss in the apple slices. If you would like your apple slices to be super soft let them simmer in butter for a bit, if you want them a little harder, add in the remaining ingredients right away.
- Coat the entire skillet of apples with ½ cup of brown sugar, followed by a ¼ teaspoon of allspice, and then a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Stir to coat all apples in the mixture.
- Once the apples are caramelized and tender, remove them from heat and place them into a bowl.
- Garnish with ice cream, or whipped cream, if desired.
- Serve warm.
All the spices, and the brown sugar, are "to taste". This means if you would like more cinnamon spice, use it! Not the biggest fan of allspice? Cut back on the spice. If you would like a sweeter apple, use more brown sugar.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 5gSugar: 37gProtein: 1g
Note: for exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information provided is simply a guideline.
If you like apples, you are going to love these fabulous apple desserts:
● Apple Brown Betty Recipe – A totally delicious ending to any meal, a great nighttime snack, or a breakfast treat, this old fashioned, sweet and tasty Apple Brown Betty recipe is easy to make and a wonderful use of fresh apples.
● Apple Cinnamon Croissant Cake Recipe – The scent of crisp apples and cinnamon will fill your home while this tasty treat bakes in your oven. Your taste buds will be watering, and oh that first bite! This is simply an outstanding fall dessert recipe. This apple cinnamon croissant cake recipe is so easy to make. Believe me, your entire family will enjoy this fabulous pastry.
● Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe – These simple, six-ingredient, baby apple walnut pies are fabulous! Easy to make, these Baby Apple Walnut Pies will impress your friends and family. A wonderful fall or winter dessert, these baby pies are a wonderful sweet treat.
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