Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Simple Pleasures: Sautéed Apples

Apples are the Old Reliables of the fruit world. Come summer, I'm deep into strawberries and nectarines, peaches and melons (and more berries). Autumn brings pears and plums galore, and winter is a festival of citrus and pineapple. But apples are with us always, and it's at this time of year I appreciate them the most.

Here on the cusp of spring, when the sweetness of oranges begins to fade (and their price begins to climb), and local strawberry plants are still shivering under plastic sheeting, scarcely daring to dream of blossom time, apples step in to fill the fruity gap. My favourite variety, organic Galas that come in a 3-lb. bag, cost the same year-round; they look and taste wonderful at any time.

Especially good on a cold spring morning are sautéed apples. Warm and wonderfully comforting, they pair well with pancakes, waffles, sausages, ham, and even eggs.

Sautéed Apples

Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter per apple in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Core and slice your apple(s) into eighths, and sauté for a minute or two. Toss in a teaspoon of brown sugar per apple, with cinnamon to taste, and gently stir for a few seconds more until the juices combine with the sugar. Serve over (or next to) your favourite breakfast food. For extra decadence, raisins and chopped walnuts may be added to the frypan.

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  1. We are BIG apple lovers and this handy recipes sounds so good!

    Koach Kylie always says "Why are you buying those supplements when that apple is sitting over their screaming "Please eat me!".

  2. Sounds good to me. Do you think the Goatmother would make me some? Perhaps I could add a few Peanuts too. Now that would be comfort food. :)

  3. Yum, you can't go wrong with a bit of cinnamon....I loves it I dooos!

  4. I had never thought of apples for breakfast, what a great idea.!

  5. Oh my gracious, that looks simply delishhhhhhhhhh!

    Course, I no longer have butter... But for those who can, it sounds wonderful.

  6. Hmmm....cooked apples always make me go "gah!!" but yours reminds me of bananas foster, which makes me go "yum!" soooo I might actually try this!! :) The addition of walnuts somewhat tipped the scale for me as well!! I'm thinking pancakes for dinner!!!! :D

  7. Gala apples are the only ones I eat and these look just yummmy.

  8. Yum, yum, yum :D

    Why did I never think of this ... I eat apples in a million ways - I grew up in Somerset, one of the UK's apple counties - but I have never thought to sauté them. Just brilliant Sue :D

    1. Thanks, Annie - but I can't take any credit for originality. I got the idea from a restaurant side dish (called Fried Apples - the dish, not the restaurant) and I'm sure there are plenty of other recipes out there. I think this dish may be more common in the South.


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