As a Bosch National Product Specialist and registered dietician, food is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate the freshest, healthiest ingredients into my (and my family’s) lifestyle. First and foremost, I’m a firm believer in eating and serving food that is in season and I couldn’t be more thrilled to embrace the harvest of fall fruits and vegetables that are available this autumn. I believe apples are one of the most versatile fruits and they are a part of my favorite fall apple recipes.
Whether you incorporate apples into breakfast, lunch, or simply as a satisfying snack, the tangy, crispness of a fresh apple is second to none. And although most of us can find apples throughout the year, the sweet flavor of a freshly harvested apple lends itself to a variety of delicious fall recipes.
Whether you are picking a bushel of apples straight from the tree in a beautiful orchard, or simply picking up a few items at a local health food store, apples offer a host of benefits. Not only are they considered a nutrient powerhouse, but also, they are known to have a stable shelf life once picked or purchased.
If all this talk about one of my favorite fruits has made your mouth water, you are in luck! There is a myriad of ways to incorporate apples into your fall menu, but here are two of my favorite fall apple recipes: Swedish Apple Pie and Chicken Apple Sauté.
Swedish Apple Pie
Sliced or chopped apples, enough to fill pie plate ¾ full
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1½ sticks butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
- Fill a buttered pie plate three-fourths full with sliced or chopped apples, and sprinkle with a mixture of the tablespoon sugar and cinnamon.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients well, and spoon over apples.
- Either bake in your Bosch Wall Oven on the multi-rack Convection Mode at 350º for 45-50 minutes, OR in the Bosch Steam Convection Oven on the Steam and Convection Mode at 350º for 30-35 minutes. Baking with the Steam Convection Oven is a great way to create a pie crust that is crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.
- If you can insert a sharp knife into the pie and it comes out clean, your pie is ready!
- Serve with either whipped cream or ice cream.
Chicken Apple Sauté (Serves Four)
4 tbsp. butter
2 tart apples, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼” slices
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 onion, chopped
2/3 cup dry sherry or apple juice
1/3 cup whipping cream
Optional watercress garnish
- In a wide frying pan over medium heat on your Bosch Gas Cooktop, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add apple slices; cook, stirring frequently, just until tender (1-2 minutes). Set aside and keep warm.
- Increase the heat to medium-high; add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to pan. When butter sizzles, add chicken breasts and cook until golden on each side; remove from pan, set aside and keep warm.
- Add onion to pan juices and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes; add sherry and cook for 1 minute. Return chicken to pan, skin side up. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is no longer pink inside when cut.
- Arrange chicken on a platter; top with apple slices. Stir cream into the pan juices and increase heat to high. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered until surface is covered with large, shiny bubbles and sauce is reduced by one-third. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with watercress, if desired.