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11.13.2008

Spiced Apples ...My Comfort Food.



Marx Food always has terrific contests. I am entering this one very late and down to the wire. I had a tough time thinking of my favorite comfort food. And last Saturday night it hit me as I hurriedly put together a dinner for Certain Someone and I after a hellish week. As I peeled and chopped my apples, I though of my Mommy who always made me her "fried apples"'. Hers weren't fried but sauteed in a lot of butter with cinnamon and sugar. I could just gobble it up. I have made a more grown up version inspired by the oncoming holidays and all that Gluhwein we are about to consume.

Glamah's Spiced Apples( serves 2)

4-6 apples peeled and cut into into wedges
3 cloves
1/4 cup red wine
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon Maple sugar or syrup
1/4 cup boiled apple cider( you can use frozen apple juice concentrate)
3 tablespoons sugar.

In a skillet melt the butter. Add the cloves , cinnamon,and apples. Cook a few minutes until soft, but not mushy. Add the maple sugar/Syrup and sugar.As the mix starts to bubble , add the red wine and boiled cider. cook a few minutes longer. Apples should be firm, but not mushy.

I served these up with some oven baked center cut pork chops breaded in an hazelnut and bread crumb crust seasoned with paprika, salt and pepper. It was delicious served with the apples and its sauce. Try it, I know you will love it.


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23 comments:

joanne @ frutto della passione said...

Wow, what a great idea. I'll have to find a substitute for apple juice, that isn't so easy to find here, but I can't wait to try it!

Mary said...

Now that is truly comfort food! It looks delicious! (And yes, I have it bookmarked to make it later!)

Bellini Valli said...

This can definitely be classed under comfort foods Glamah. I love this with French toast too:D

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love that! Being a spice addict, I'd gobble those apples with much gluttony...

Cheers,

Rosa

Jen said...

Spiced apples are great but I would never have thought to serve them with meat-- I usually have the for dessert with a little ice cream...

~~louise~~ said...

I'm almost ashamed to say that my first experience with apples cooked in this manner is fairly recent. I just could never warm up to the thought. Now, of course I LOVE them. I especially like that there are no red hot candies in your dish. I think some people add them. Thanks for sharing glamah...

BTW, That Franco Indian Dinner Party menu was awesome!

Audax Artifex said...

Perfect comfort food, great recipe. Apple and spice and all things nice!!!

Hendersonville Epicurean said...

Mmmmm. Chops and apples! When I was little, my mom always used to serve applesauce with pork chops. Maybe I'll make her this dish next time we get together, taking an old family favorite up a notch!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I've never had "fried" apples before but reading you describe me just wants to slap meself silly. Why haven't I tried apples this way? Well, I didn't know, but now I know. So I'll be looking forward to fried apples from now on. ;)

Jeanne said...

Mmmm, apples fried in butter! My mom used to dp that too, but without the cinnamon and sugar - she'd serve them with pork sausages :) I do agree on the comfort aspect - apples, cinnamon, butter, sugar... heaven!

Ivy said...

Apples are my favourite and although I have cooked them with pork this recipe sounds great as a side dish.

Gabi said...

I love your apples- so comforting! I'll be sure to vote for you over at the contest! Pork and apples are a great combination- we have pork chops and sauteed apples and onions quite often- i'll try your glamah apples next time -in fact it sounds good right now-mmmmm.

Heather said...

I make this too, but I like a splash of bourbon in mine ;)

Good luck in the contest! I think I'm too late to enter mine.
:s

Paz said...

I love this. So delicious-sounding and best of all, simple to make. That's my kind of recipe. ;-)

Paz

Lori Lynn said...

Sounds really comforting! Good luck in the contest!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks like an apple recipe even I'd be willing to try! :)

chou said...

I love, love spiced apples. It's like fall and a hug rolled up into one.

Bren said...

one of the first things i prepared for the blog was spiced apples; the picture was so bad I didn't even bother with it. thanks for making me want to go back and do them again!

Sara said...

These apples sound like they'd be good on almost anything!

diva said...

i had some gluhwein last night and it was fantastic! these spiced apples look wonderful and sound like the perfect pre-christmas treat with minced pies and chocolate biscuits :) x

Rosie said...

Oh yes sheer comfort food - looks fantastic!

Rosie x

Peter M said...

They must call this comfort food 'cause one can only splay on the sofa, in comfort after eating a plate of this! Love the maple syrup addition too.

Deborah said...

This sounds absolutely delicious!