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20 Savory Ways to Eat Apples for Dinner

Dinner, Fall, Ingredient, Recipes
on September 19, 2017

Whether you prefer them tart, sweet, or somewhere in between, a steady supply of fresh apples is a must this time of year. They get plenty of love dipped in caramel or piled into pies and tarts—but we think it’s high time they got a little love during the main course.

In homage, we’ve gathered up 20 of our favorite ways to have apples for dinner, from hearty soups and crisp main dish salads, all the way to comfort food staples like meatloaf and pizza. Try ’em all before apple season ends.

 

Red Cabbage and Apple Soup

Get a load of that gorgeous, deep purple hue! We love ours served with a dollop of sour cream.

Red Cabbage and Apple Soup

Erin Kunkel

 

Bulgur and Apple Salad

Loaded whole grains and generous chunks of crunchy fresh apples. Great for picnics and potlucks.

Bulgur and Apple Salad

Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn

 

Kale Salad with Apples and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Fresh kale, apples and pumpkin seeds—the ultimate cool-weather salad blend.

Kale Salad with Apples and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Teresa Blackburn

 

Quinoa Salad with Apples

A whole host of satisfying textures and flavors, including tangy feta cheese and buttery pine nuts for a touch of decadence.

Quinoa with Apples, Feta and Pine Nuts

U.S. Apple Association

 

Apple, Bacon and Cheese Dinner Pies

Apples and cheese on their own are a match made in Heaven. But throw in a little bacon? Forget about it…

Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn

 

Pork Meatloaf with Apples and Sage

An autumn-inspired spin on this weeknight classic, rounded out with a dose of earthy sage.

Relish Recipes | Juicy pork and sweet apples combine to create this satisfying dinner favorite.

Culinary Ginger

 

Slow Roasted Pork Loin Served with Apples Three Ways

Pork roast with apple sauce, apple gravy and apple cornbread. Thrice as nice!

Slow Roasted Pork with Spiced Apple Relish

Tara Fisher Copyright © 2015

 

Kale Salad with Apples, Almonds and Tahini Dressing

This homemade lemon-sesame dressing will become a fast favorite.

Kale and Broccolini Salad with Tahini Dressing

Laney Schwartz | Life is but a Dish

 

Grilled Cheese with Fig Butter, Gruyere and Apples

A very grown-up twist on grilled cheese, indeed. (But kids love it, too.)

Grilled Cheese with Fig Butter, Gruyere, and Apples

Laney Schwartz | Life is but a Dish

 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples and Pancetta

This ultra-simple side dish is hearty and warm, and definitely lovely enough for entertaining.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples and Pancetta

Caitlin Sherwood | Foraged Dish

 

Chicken Sausage with Cabbage and Apples

Your favorite chicken sausages, roasted atop a bed of apples and cabbage, then finished with a sprinkling of dried berries and pecans.

Chicken Sausage with Cabbage and Apples

Meredith Steele

 

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Soup

Mix up your soup lineup with this spicy-sweet apple soup. The kids will hardly believe what they’re eating.

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Soup

Andrews McMeel Publishing © 2011

 

Tuna Apple Pita Pockets

Perfect for packed lunches, this take on tuna salad incorporates fresh apples for a little added crunch.

Tuna Apple Pita Pockets

U.S. Apple Association

 

Apple-Turkey Burgers with Cranberry-Apple Salsa

Looking to step up your tailgating game? Try this seasonal spin on turkey burgers.

Apple-Turkey Burgers with Cranberry-Apple Salsa

U.S. Apple Association

 

Apple Pork Chops

Serve straight from the skillet for a stunning rustic presentation. 

Apple Pork Chops

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

 

Pork and Apples with Cider Cream Sauce

“Wow” dinner guests with a decadent cider cream sauce. It even sounds fancy. 

Pork and Apples with Cider Cream Sauce

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

 

Pumpkin, Pork and Apple Cider Stew

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving, you know.

Pumpkin, Pork and Apple Cider Stew

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn

 

Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque

The apple meets its match in butternut, a savory-sweet squash we wait all year for. 

Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

 

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Toasted Almonds

Apples on pizza? Trust us. This combo of apples and white cheddar is right at home on a pizza crust.

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Toasted Almonds

U.S. Apple Association

 

Farro Salad with Apples and Spinach

Another healthy whole grain salad with plenty of bite. 

Farro Salad with Apples and Spinach

Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn