Apples are a fruit that can be enjoyed many ways. You can bake them in a pie, dip them into caramel, or just eat them as it. I like to melt some butter, add some sugar and spice, and cook some slices to perfection. Below is my recipe for fried apples.
½ stick butter
6-8 firm apples (Ida Red, Rome, Empire, Granny Smith, Red Prince can all be used, freshly picked Ida Red are my favorite)
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
cinnamon (to taste)
10 whole cloves
¼ to ½ cup brown sugar (depending on how swee the apple you are using is)
Make sure you pick an apple for this that is firm. If it can't take the heat, you will end up with applesauce, so leave the McIntosh out of this recipe. I love to do this in an electric skillet set to 250 degrees, but a frying pan over medium heat would work too.
Peel and slice your apples. Melt the butter, before adding the apples. Now add your brown sugar and spices. Add as much as cinnamon as you like, if you like a lot add a lot. I don't really measure it when I do it, but last time I grounded up 1 whole cinnamon stick in my spice (coffee) grinder and threw all of it in the skillet. For the nutmeg, it is best to use freshly ground nutmeg. You can buy whole nutmeg at any good bulk food store that sells spices. It can be grated using a Microplane Grater/Zester. For the cloves, my wife likes for me to just toss them in whole and pick them out when done. But if you would rather grind them before hand go ahead.
They will only take about 10-15 minutes to cook. I stir them often so they are evenly cooked. The best way to know if they are done is to taste one (careful not to burn your tongue). They make a great side dish to any pork meal (such as this grilled one).
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