4 not-so-traditional apple recipes

It”s October have you gone apple picking yet?

This post is for all of us who have a bag full of apples sitting in the kitchen waiting to be used. I mean, you can only have so much apple pie before it starts to get boring, am I right?

Don”t get me wrong, I love a traditional home-cooked meal. Who doesn”t? But sometimes we have to step out of the box. This fall season is the perfect time for a little apple craziness! “An apple a day” just got a whole new meaning.

 

BACON-APPLE-JALAPENO POP ”EMS

Bacon-Apple-Jalapeno Pop ''Ems

This recipe from ErinCooks.com (originally from the Food Network”s Aarti Sequeira) are essentially jalapeno halves, filled with an apple-scallion cream cheese mixture and wrapped with bacon. Really, what”s not to love? These are perfect appetizers for entertaining, football games, or even just as a snack. A great spin off the original jalapeno popper!

 

BEER BATTERED APPLE RINGS

Beer Battered Apple Rings

Onion rings are so last year. Fried apple is where it”s at. Battered in beer. Topped with powdered sugar and caramel sauce for a last kick. This recipe from Foodiddy.com uses granny smith apples, but I wonder how different the taste would be with other varieties. Or even switch from a pale ale beer to a hard cider or fruit ale? The possibilities are endless!

 

APPLE-BASIL MOJITOS

Apple-Basil Mojitos

Tired of the same old hard cider and appletini trends? Go for something fun — like these apple-basil mojitos, for instance. Plus, these can be enjoyed in both non-alcoholic and rum-spiked forms. A real crowd-pleaser! Thank you CheekyKitchen.com for this great treat (also, those polka dot glasses are adorable).

 

SAUSAGE APPLE OVERNIGHT BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

Sausage Apple Overnight Breakfast Casserole

Kiss plain breakfast casseroles goodbye. This bake, loaded with egg, sausage, bread, apples and cheese is delicious served piping hot and drizzled with your favorite maple syrup (Vermont Grade A Dark Amber, anyone?). RealMomKitchen.com knows how to keep this girl happy — sweet, savory and tart all in one for my favorite meal of the day. Definitely a winner!

 

Have an appetite for more? Visit the U.S. Apple Association”s recipe section for some great dishes.

 

What”s your favorite apple recipe? Share with us!

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