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Why Apples Should Be Your Fall Side Dish

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There is so much more to apples than pie. Even though this fruit has a sweet reputation, apples pair beautifully with proteins like chicken and pork as a savory side. In just a matter of minutes with minimal ingredients, apples will transform into your new favorite fall side dish.

You can really use any apples you like as a side dish but just know which ones are more sweet, tart, or moist to ensure your recipe turns out properly. Check out this guide to cooking with apples before you begin. 

The Easiest Fall Side Dish You'll Ever Cook

  • 1 Granny Smith or Gala apple, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • Pinch of salt and pepper 

Heat up a non-stick skillet with butter. Add apples. Sauté apples until tender. Add thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook until softened and serve. 

Once you have the base recipe, here are different varieties for your savory sautéed apples. 

  • Caramelized Onions and Apples 
    • Add 1/2 cup sliced onions to the pan with the apples. When you add the thyme, also add 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1/4 cup of white wine to deglaze the pan. Cook until the wine has evaporated. Serve alongside pork chops. 
  • Parsnips and Carrots with Apples 
    • Add sliced parsnips and carrots to pan with the apples for a full fall vegetable side dish. 
  • Red Potatoes with Apples and Rosemary
    • Substitute thyme with rosemary. Add the diced potatoes first and let them cook for ten minutes. Add apples and rosemary. 
  • Sage and Brown Sugar
    • Substitute fresh sage with thyme and add 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. 

Dishes That Let Apples Shine as the Side

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