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THE SECRET TO PERFECT SOUTHERN FRIED APPLES
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Cooked Apples

Cooked apples the way you remember them from way on back then. Warm, delicious, buttery and a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg but allowing the apple goodness to shine through!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: SIDE DISH OR DESSERT
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cooked apples
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 341kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes
Cost: $8

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • Frying Pan
  • stove top

Ingredients

  • 2 Granny Smith Apple - about fist sized.
  • 2 Sweet Apple - like fuji - about fist sized.
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 10 Tbs Butter
  • 4 Tbs Dark Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tbs White Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Tbs Honey
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon plus a little more for garnish
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg freshly grated if possible
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Instructions

  • Peel the apples. Cut the apples into bite sized slices (remove the core and seeds). Coat with the lemon juice and set aside until the pan is ready.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop (I prefer cast iron for even cooking temp - but that is your choice)
  • Add the apples to the pan of melted butter and cook over medium until it appears that most of the butter is taken up by the apples. You will see that the butter turns from a milky buttery yellow to a more clear and sticky fluid. If you puncture the apples with a fork, they will be mostly cooked through at this point.
  • Add the sugars, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Gently toss the apples to coat with the spices and sugars. Continue to cook over medium heat.
  • The sugars will dissolve and turn into syrup and the apples will become soft. Gently insert a fork to know when the apples are done. The fork tines will slide right in with little to no effort. Do not overcook. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon before serving if you enjoy more cinnamon.

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Notes

Pro Tips: 

  • Use the right apples - the balance of apple flavors makes a difference.  
  • Allow the butter to be absorbed by the apples - that is where that soft, delicate, buttery flavor comes from.  
  • Use both kinds of sugars to give a depth to the sweetness.  
  • Using honey gives another depth of flavor to the dish.  
  • Stop cooking the apples when they are done because overcooking apples makes them mushy and that isn’t the preferred result.  
  • Adding a pinch of salt balances the sweetness and enriches the flavor.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 657IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg