Apples are a staple food during the holidays. Between going to an apple orchard to pick apples, bobbing for apples at Halloween, and serving apple pie for dessert, just about everyone indulges in this tradition. While apple pie is delicious, seeing it at every fall party may get boring and make it feel overindulged. But have no fear, that doesn’t mean that apples themselves have to feel overdone. If you still want to include apples in your meal, here are a few fresh recipes to keep your dishes cool and crisp.
Hot Spiced Cider
Instead of greeting party guests with water or coffee, offer them hot spiced cider. Hot spiced cider is the perfect way to ease those winter weary friends into the season. It’s just as refreshing as apple cider from a carton, but for those cold fall days, it hits the spot. Prepare your favorite apple cider in a crock pot with a few sticks of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Keep the spiced cider in the crock pot all night for those party goers who like to come and go and will inevitable need a warm up.
Apple Gouda Stuffed Chicken
Make your dinner extra crisp this season with apple gouda stuffed chicken. It isn’t a traditional apple recipe, but don’t shy away just yet. This meal is easy to prepare and should only take about 20 minutes to bake in the oven. You’ll want to use a firmer apple like a Honeycrisp since it’ll be baked inside the chicken breast. For an extra dash of sweetness, dice up a sweet potato with a drizzle of olive oil, paprika, and sea salt to bake alongside the chicken.
Caramel Apple Doughnut Muffins
Most apple orchards have a cider mill attached to it. A cider mill always includes one important food; doughnuts. Getting into the fall spirit without leaving your hometown can now be accomplished with caramel apple doughnut muffins. These doughnut muffins embody everything the season is about and definitely have that fall taste. The best part is, they’re easy to make and are miniature sized but have that big fall taste to them. Warm out of the oven, they’ll taste like you’re enjoying a festive day at the cider mill without leaving your house.
Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie
Go ahead and make grandma’s secret family recipe for apple pie this year, with one little change; instead of using traditional pie crust, use cinnamon rolls. Flatten a container of cinnamon rolls into your pie dish but don’t throw that delicious frosting away! Use your favorite apples and filling to create your apple pie. Once it’s cooked, drizzle that cinnamon roll frosting over your pie for the final cinnamon roll experience. That extra flavor will send your guests over the edge and loving this simple change to apple pie.