Fall's apple abundance is a great blessing to the cook. If you think apples are only meant for galettes and pies, let us introduce you to the idea of savory apple dishes. They're naturally sweet, but when braised or sautéed with brown butter, their flavor grows rich and robust. In these dishes, we match varieties to recipes that highlight their unique character.
Fresh Fall Apples
As the weather gets crisp and the crispness of apples signals the sweet, fleeting passage of fall, it's time to get cooking. You may find eight varieties of apples for sale in a good grocery store these days, and a dozen or more in a big farmers' market. There are more than 2,500 kinds of apples grown in the United States alone, with rare, old heirloom varieties on a welcome rebound. All this means you have a bumper crop of fruit to cook with—and apples are a great cooking fruit. We matched some favorite varieties to recipes designed to unlock the unique charm of each fruit.