Apples to Apples


To celebrate National Apple Week, I have some delicious recipes that I would like to share. When it comes to apples, there are over 7,500 known varieties around the world! They are used for many different consumption methods including baking/cooking, cider production, vinegars and of course, eating fresh off of the tree! Did you know that apples originate from the rose family? Granny Smith would be my “go to”, when it comes to baking. They have a nice balance of sweet and sour, and hold up well in recipes, like pie. Apple recipes are not limited to cooler weather, and by clicking on the two photos below, you can find some delicious ideas for the warm weather as well! Happy Cooking!

All Day Apple Butter

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Ingredients

  • 5-1/2 pounds apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Place apples in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves
  • and salt; pour over apples and mix well. Cover and cook on high for
  • 1 hour.
  • Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 9-11 hours or until thickened
  • and dark brown, stirring occasionally (stir more frequently as it
  • thickens to prevent sticking).
  • Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer. If desired, stir with a wire
  • whisk until smooth. Spoon into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in.
  • headspace. Cover and refrigerate or freeze. Yield: 4 pints.

Apple Butter Barbecue Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 roasting chicken (6 to 7 pounds)
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce

Directions

  • Combine the salt, garlic powder, pepper and cayenne; sprinkle over
  • chicken.
  • Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Pour half of the
  • apple juice into another container and save for another use. With a
  • can opener, poke additional holes in the top of the can. Holding the
  • chicken with legs pointed down, lower chicken over the can so it
  • fills the body cavity. Place chicken on grill rack over drip pan.
  • Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or
  • until a thermometer reads 180°. Combine apple butter and
  • barbecue sauce; baste chicken occasionally during the last 30
  • minutes. Remove chicken from grill; cover and let stand for 10
  • minutes. Remove chicken from can before carving. Yield: 6-8
  • servings.

9 thoughts on “Apples to Apples

  1. This Apple Butter recipe is amazing and pretty darn easy especially in the crockpot. I use equal amounts of Cortland and Jonathan to make up the 5-1/2 pounds. I like the flavor profile of the 2 together. Will definitely give the chicken a try the next time I make a whole chicken. Thanks for both recipes!

  2. So how do you measure 5 1/2 pounds? I picked off our tree, and so don’t know the poundage. They are really sweet and small green apples. But don’t know how to measure it as I don’t have a food scale, will a bathroom scale work?

    • Great question, and yes, you can use your bathroom scale. Weigh first, the container that you are using. Then weigh the apples. Subtract the weight of your container and voila! Let me know how it turns out! I just picked some peaches off of my tree tonight. Don’t you just love having your own fruit? Take Care, Dana

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