Friday, September 21, 2012

Apples, Apples, Apples

I picked and canned some more apples this week.  I'm still looking for great ways to use up my fresh apples and found these two ideas that I'm going to use.  I'll share them with you.

Apple Cole Slaw

Poppy Seed Honey Dressing

1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup poppy seeds
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1 bag of cabbage slaw mix (green cabbage and carrots in the mix)
4 Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, julienne

In a medium bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients together until well blended. Set aside.

Prepare the salad. In a large bowl, combine the bag of cabbage slaw, scallions, and apples. Pour in the reserved dressing and toss until well blended. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or more before serving to let the cabbage sweat, mixing the salad several times before serving.

Variation – For color you can add purple cabbage, red delicious apples or for a little sweetness add some green and/or red grapes. 

Another variation is to add mustard seed instead of poppy seed.  Try this variation on top of a brat and bun or any variation will go wonderful with pork.

Apple Sandwiches

Sliced and cored apple
Peanut butter
Chocolate chips
Lemon juice

Core your apple and slice it as thick as a slice of bread.  Squeeze a lemon into a bowl and drop the slices in the lemon to prevent the apples from turning brown.  Spread peanut butter on the apple slices and drizzle honey.  Sprinkle the slices with a few chocolate chips and put two slices together.  

Put out the slices, PB, honey and chips and let the kids make their own when they get home from school or for their lunch or weekend snack.  It would go nice in a lunch bag too and be a change from the same old sandwich.

Apple Dip

8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 c mayonnaise
2 x medium red apples chopped
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1 tbsp. lemon Juice

Blend together cheese and mayonnaise. Add apples nuts and lemon juice. Serve with crackers.

Caramel Apple Dip

2 packages (8 ounce size) cream cheese
1/2 cup golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup caramel store bought flavored topping
1/4 cup milk chocolate toffee bits
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 Crisp apples, cored, cut into 8 wedges each
3 Granny Smith apples, cored, cut into 8 wedges each
Lemon juice

In small bowl, beat cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla until thoroughly combined; spread on center of round platter. Drizzle caramel topping over cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with toffee bits and pecans. Dip apple wedges in lemon juice; arrange around edge of platter.

Tomorrow I'm sharing Avocado Shrimp Creamed Soup.

Hope you have a great Friday.  Be happy and may God bless you and yours.   

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