An Apple a Day: 30 Wonderful Apple Recipes for September

Three delicious apples

In celebration of the Apple Month of September, Tree Classics pays homage to America’s favorite fruit. Here are 30 healthy and delectable apple recipes, from appetizers to desserts, to keep the doctor away each day:

Appetizer

Apple Relish

Apple relish is a simple delicious dish that brings out the goodness of the more ordinary flavors of hamburgers and hot dogs. Cooking this sweet tangy appetizer is as easy as combining chopped green apples with green and red bell peppers, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. OPTIONAL: Add raisins and spice with a pinch of cayenne pepper and turmeric for a bit of heat.

Apple Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Great both as an appetizer and snack, this fruit-and-chips combo is a sure fire hit! Make the apple salsa by combining apples with strawberries, pears, or grapes, along with a few tablespoons of orange juice, grated orange peel, and brown sugar. Spoon the salsa over cinnamon-sprinkled flour tortilla, and enjoy with your friends!

Baked Apples with Feta and Thyme

Apple, cheese, and a little seasoning make up this glorious appetizer all foodies will appreciate. Try this by baking apple halves with apple cider and thyme, and stuffing the centers with raisins, feta cheese, thyme, and olive oil. The saltiness of the feta cheese balances the sweetness of the apples and raisins quite beautifully to make this dish a lovely way to start your meal.

Sausage Apple Tarts

This savory puff pastry tart will fill your kitchen with appetizing aromas. The best thing is it takes only 15 minutes to bake! Just stir-fry the sausage and onion with the apples, and scoop up about a tablespoonful into each muffin pastry. Bake and sprinkle with cheese.

Apple Chicken Rolls

Stimulate your appetite with this winning dish that combines two of the world’s most favorite foods. To make apple chicken rolls, place finely chopped apples, onions, parsley, and breadcrumbs on top of the chicken. Roll and secure the chicken with toothpicks, and brown it in a skillet with melted butter. Splash a little wine or brandy while cooking.

Tuna-Apple Mini Melts

Give a refreshing spin to your canned tuna with this healthy, tasty bite-sized appetizer recipe. Combine mayonnaise, diced apples, celery, red onions, hard boiled egg, and tuna. Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Divide the creamy tuna-apple mixture among phyllo shells then top with cheese. Broil until the cheese melts.

Main Course

A savory dinner using apples

Grilled Apple Chicken

This elegant dish is sweet, juicy, and very filling. You can even slice any leftover chicken into strips and serve them on a bed of salad greens or as sandwiches. To make grilled apple chicken, marinate chicken breast halves in a mixture of apple juice, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic powder and ground ginger. Grill over medium heat on each side or until juices run clear, and serve with apple rings.

Pork Chops with Apple & Onions

Pork chops with sautéed apples and onions served over rice or mashed potatoes offer fantastic flavors that never disappoint. Start by seasoning pork chops generously with salt and pepper, then sear pork chops to a nice golden brown. Sauté onions and apples in butter, and cover the chops with the apple mixture.

Apple Cider Beef Stew

Apple cider beef stew is a simple and sweet meal the whole family will enjoy. Apples and apple cider give the beef in this recipe a mellow sweetness. To make the dish, season beef cubes with flour, salt, pepper, and thyme. Brown the beef on a large pot with olive oil. Add apple cider, water, cider vinegar, and bay leaf.  Stir in carrots, potatoes, onions, celery, and apple. Serve with a hearty bread.

Ribs with Apples and Sauerkraut

Savor the aroma and flavor of pork country-style ribs with apples. Combine potatoes, carrots, onion, browned pork ribs, and sauerkraut in electric crockery cooker. Mix apple cider, caraway seed, and cloves, and pour over sauerkraut. Turn the drippings into gravy by boiling it with apples and flour diluted in water.

Lamb Shoulder Chops with Apples and Prunes

Bring a touch of French country into your dining table by serving lamb shoulder chops with apples and prunes.  Sauté apples in butter, add shallots and garlic, and a mixture of brandy, vinegar, prunes, and bay leaf. Boil until liquid is reduced to a glaze, and season with salt and pepper. Serve over medium-rare lamb chops.

Apple Glazed Turkey

Why wait until November when you can relish Thanksgiving’s culinary super star today? Mix apple cider or juice, butter, and honey, and brush over the entire turkey 45 minutes before it completes cooking. Glaze the bird several times more before finally removing it from the oven.

Side Dish

Apple Cole Slaw

A selection of side dishes that use apples

Our Apple Cole Slaw complements a meal with the delicious flavors of fruit and veggies in a sweet dressing. Plus, it’s so easy to throw together. Just mix together cabbage, apples, carrots, and green onions. For the dressing, combine mayonnaise, brown sugar, and a splash of lemon juice.

Apple Mashed Potatoes

The addition of apples in mashed potato makes this side dish a real winner, and it works great with any meat! To prepare, mash boiled apples and potatoes. Add butter, vinegar, and sugar. Top with bacon and onions, and a dash of ground nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Wild Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Apples

Add color and flavor to your favorite fall meal with a great side dish recipe that features the perfect blend of tart cranberries and the nutty, earthy taste of wild rice. Combine diced apples with cooked wild rice pilaf. Stir in a mixture of oil, vinegar, and sugar, and top with toasted almonds, cranberries, raisin, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Apple Salad

This sweet, creamy apple salad recipe has a beautiful mix of flavors and textures. You’ll love the crunch of the apples, celery, and nuts, the sweetness of craisins, and the citrus undertones in the dressing. Make this side dish by combining sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, and lemon juice. Add chopped apples, craisins, and nuts, and serve on lettuce leaves.

Green Apple Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Give a light, crisp, and delicious contrast to rich turkey dishes and heavier meals with this Green Apple Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette recipe. The side dish offers cool, tangy, tart, and crunchy layers of textures and flavors achieved by combining celery, apples, and walnuts in  a vinaigrette of Dijon mustard, honey, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Brussel Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

Smokey. Crisp. Sweet. Savory! All these come together in this hearty side dish perfect for the fall. Make this delicious medley by combining bacon crisps with caramelized onions, charred sprouts, and cooked apples. Spice it up with a dash of pepper.

Beverage

apple smoothie

Honey-Apple Tea

Enjoy a nice cup of comforting tea infused with the refreshing taste of apple. Brew green tea. Add apple juice and garnish with apple slices. A good dose of fresh honey makes this hot concoction sweet and smooth. Sprinkle some cinnamon if you want an aromatic burst of sweet and spicy flavors.

Apple Iced Tea

Relish the flavors of fall in this thirst-quenching iced tea recipe. Brew English breakfast tea and stir in cinnamon quills, and apple juice. Add apple and lemon slices, ice cubes, and mint sprigs. Sweeten with brown sugar or honey.

Cinnamon-Apple Cooler

In need of a refreshing drink to combat stress? Go for our Cinnamon-Apple Cooler. Add cold water and grape juice to brewed tea. Pour in ice-filled glasses with a splash of soda. For a richer flavor, add lemon slices.

Apple Banana Pear Smoothie

Celebrate autumn’s bounty with this healthy, refreshing concoction. Mix apples, bananas, and pears with ice cubes. Blend until smooth. You can also go without the ice by slicing and freezing your fruits at least one hour ahead.

Apple Cider, Cranberry, and Ginger Cocktail

This tangy beverage is a great way to start a festive dinner. Serve this punch to entertain the crowd. To prepare, muddle cranberries with sugar, then stir in apple cider, ginger beer, lemon juice, and gin (optional). Serve chilled or over ice.

Carrot-Apple Smoothie

Packed with powerful health benefits, this delicious smoothie is the perfect way to jumpstart an autumn morning.  Combine baby carrots, apples, and banana with orange juice, and blend well.

Dessert

A delicious apple pie

Apple Peach Cobbler

Cap off your dinner with this apple peach cobbler recipe. A crowd pleaser, this baked dessert combines sliced peaches and apples with a pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with a crumbly batter. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream.

Bavarian Apple Torte

With gorgeous layers of buttery crust, cream cheese filling, and apple toppings, the Bavarian apple torte is a must-try. To make this rich dessert, combine cream cheese, egg and sugar, and pour into a pastry lined pan. Top it with a mixture of apples, sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle with almonds. Bake and serve.

Caramel Apples

Surprise kids and adults this September with this decadent Halloween treat. Insert popsicle sticks into crisp apples, and cover the fruit with a layer of hot caramel, and then a layer of chocolate. Dip the bottom part of the apples into peanuts or coat with chopped candy bars.

Apple Spice Cake with Apple Cream Cheese Frosting

This apple spice cake is a great way to impress guests and conclude a nice family dinner. You’ll love how it’s deliciously spiced with ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, and filled with apple butter in between. The apple cream cheese frosting on top gives it the right amount of sweetness.

Caramel Apple Sundae

A decadent treat such as this caramel apple sundae is guaranteed to end your meal in a sweet, comforting note. The dessert combines rich layers of caramelized apple wedges, cinnamon ice cream, and some pecan-oat crumble, topped with whipped cream.

Peanut Butter Apple Dessert

Everybody loves peanut butter and apple, and this recipe turns the classic childhood snack into a nice dessert.  To make, layer a mixture of graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, peanut butter, and butter. Cover with whipped cream cheese and top with apple pie filling.

This September, celebrate good health and good bounty with these yummy apple recipes. Happy eating!

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5 Amazing Gift Ideas for Foodie Friends

It’s time to wow your foodie friends with a delicious goodie basket bursting with the flavors of summer! Tree Classics recommends these sweet and savory homemade treats that are sure to uplift spirits and excite your gourmand buddies:

1. Homemade Limoncello and Frozen Bellini

Gift a friend hosting a party with homemade gourmet drinks, such as limoncello or frozen bellini. Crisp and fragrant, limoncello is an iconic drink from the Italian coast. This lemon liqueur is appreciated by gourmands amid the sweltering summer heat. The frozen bellini, on the other hand, blends champagne with peach or passion fruit nectar and grenadine. Served with a fine meal of roast and veggies, the intense citrusy flavors of these drinks give you the perfect summer blend.

2. Baked Goodies

A tea party gives your foodie friends the perfect opportunity to sample some of your heavenly cakes and cookies! A box of freshly baked goodies is a great gift for those who appreciate the unique combination of bittersweet tea and light and fluffy treats.

Whip up buttery delights such as sugar cookies or an assortment of miniature berry tarts. Present these homemade specialties in a gorgeous tin can or papier-mâché box. Tie a bright yellow or pink ribbon and decorate with a pretty label.

Tree Classics Baked Goodies
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3. Chutneys

Little jars of fruit chutney make a nice homemade gift that brings the fresh taste of summer into your chowhound friends’ kitchens. What’s great is that these flavors last beyond the season. Chutneys are one of the easiest preserves to make. Ripe nectarines and peaches are a wonderful accompaniment to grilled chicken or pork, as well as an excellent garnish in your sandwich or salad.

Package your homemade concoction in a decorative glass bottle, which your friend can later reuse as a cute shelf display. Don’t forget to use ribbons and labels to embellish the jar. You can also add a “best by” date or a list of the ingredients.

4. Cheeses

It’s not a secret that the best summer cheeses can make outdoor barbecues and picnics a gourmet experience. Surprise your foodie friends by gifting them premium cheese that you yourself have made. You can make something from scratch, such as queso blanco, yogurt cheese, and ricotta cheese, or pair the cheese you already have with a few gourmet herbs like basil and mint.

Wrap hard aged cheese in a beautiful cheese cloth or place freshly made soft potted cheese in a fancy jar.

5. Spice Mixes

A jar of spice mixes can be one of the most thoughtful gifts you can ever give a foodie friend. Quality spice blends are not only very easy to make but are also a lot healthier than store-bought versions, which may contain some chemical additives. From pesto to taco and cajun seasonings, you can conveniently create your own blend for making even plain meat and vegetables exciting.

Pack your spice mixes in a pretty mason jar, and include a set of colorful, decorative measuring spoons for a creative touch.

The great thing about these food gifts is that they are almost always eagerly consumed within days of being received. And with the right packaging, you will not only wow your friends with your fine culinary taste but also with your creativity!

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