Apples are abundant everywhere right now. We are fortunate in Fort Mill to have a local apple orchard, Windy Hill Orchard In York. Their pick your own season is over, but they will continue to sell apples through the end of the year. Coming this Saturday (Oct 15) is Windy Hill’s Annual Apple Festival. Admission is free, but for $7 you get to participate in all activities including the Johnny Appleseed story, an apple cider making demo, and hayride. Plus you get a fresh apple cider doughnut, fresh apple cider, and a small take home pumpkin or 1/4 peck bag of apples. For those 21 and older, Windy Hill will have their hard ciders on tap at the festival and they have a brand new hard cider which they will be debuting. Sounds like a good time to me!
There are a myriad of ways to cook with apples besides your run of the mill apple pie. Apples are great to try in a panini. I recently made one with sourdough from Breadsmith, thinly sliced ham, provolone cheese, a little stone ground mustard, a few arugula leaves, and thinly sliced gala (I almost typed gaga apples! I must have Lady Gaga on my mind) apples. Add some tomato soup for a quick school night meal.
A unique way to use apples is in a slaw. The following recipe uses a tangy, slightly sweet dressing. It would be even better with some blue cheese thrown in. The saltiness of blue cheese contrasts well with apples. This recipe only makes 4 servings as I don’t like to have leftover slaw. You can easily double it.
Coleslaw with Apples
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 (10-ounce) package finely shredded coleslaw mix
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 gala or honeycrisp apple cut into matchstick strips
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, optional
How to Do it
- Whisk together first 5 ingredients in small bowl. Slowly add in oil, whisking well to blend.
- Combine slaw mix and remaining ingredients in large bowl.
- Add vinegar mixture, tossing to coat.
Yield: 4 side servings
One of my favorite local blogs, Charlotte Locavore has a wonderful recipe for crock-pot applesauce.
If you want to try something sweet with your apples, try Paper Apron’s Apple Cake Pie. It’s like a peach cobbler, only with apples.
What is your favorite apple recipe?