25 Sep Special of the day: Fall in Love with Apples!
It’s likely that an apple a day really will keep the doctor away when you think about the nutritional soundness of a fruit that is fat, sodium, and cholesterol-free, full of fiber and a great source of healthy antioxidants. What’s even better is that a medium apple weighs in at right around 80 calories. Eating the peel on the apple will ensure that you are getting all of the fiber and antioxidants the apple contains.
The versatility of the apple makes it a fruit bowl staple you’ll want to keep stocked up on this fall for use in a variety of sweet and savory recipes. Chopped apples with a dash of cinnamon boost the flavor and nutrition of the oatmeal in your breakfast bowl, thinly sliced apples add a crunchy accompaniment to peanut butter sandwiches and apples sautéed briefly in butter with onions and thyme pair nicely with roasted pork for dinner. Ah, but the possibilities with apples are endless…
Pick up a few of your favorite apple varieties and head to the kitchen to create this week’s Special of the day: Fall in Love with Apples! recipes for Dutch Baby Pancake with Cinnamon Apples and Pork Tenderloin Roasted with Apples and Sweet Onions. Enjoy!
Dutch Baby Pancake with Cinnamon Apples
4 tbsp. butter
½ cup milk
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. butter
1 medium apple, chopped
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. sugar
Preheat oven to 450 degrees with rack set in the middle of the oven.
Place 4 tbsp. butter in glass pie plate and set in hot oven to melt.
While butter is melting combine eggs, milk, salt and vanilla in blender and blend until well mixed.
Remove pie plate from oven when butter is melted and pour batter into hot pan.
Immediately return to hot oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
While pancake is baking, make the Cinnamon Apples:
Melt 2 tbsp. butter in medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add apple, cinnamon and sugar and stir to combine. Sauté apples briefly just until warmed through.
Pour Cinnamon Apples over the middle of the Dutch baby pancake. Slice into wedges, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
Pork Tenderloin Roasted with Apples and Sweet Onions
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 sweet onion, sliced into thin rings
1 apple, chopped
1 # pork tenderloin
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper
1/3 cup apple butter
2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. rubbed thyme
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil and butter in medium sauté pan over medium heat until butter is melted. Add onion and apple and sauté until onion is softened. Remove from heat.
Spray baking dish with olive oil spray. Lay pork tenderloin in prepared baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. Spread apple butter over pork, then spread mustard over apple butter. Sprinkle with thyme. Top with sautéed apples and onions.
Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, until pork is cooked through. Let rest briefly.. Then slices thinly and serve with sautéed apples and onions. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs. Enjoy!
Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at http://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.