10 Unexpected Ways of Using Apples in Cooking - The Chef Upstairs

10 Unexpected Ways of Using Apples in Cooking

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Apples are not only delicious and nutritious fruits but also incredibly versatile in the kitchen. While we often enjoy them raw or in traditional dishes like apple pie, there are numerous unexpected ways to incorporate apples into your cooking. Let’s explore ten unique and creative ways to use apples that you may not have known before.
  1. Apple Chips:
Did you know that you can easily make your own apple chips at home? Simply slice apples thinly, sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar, and bake them in the oven until crispy. These homemade apple chips make for a healthy and satisfying snack.
  1. Apple Butter:
Apple butter is a delicious spread that can be used in various ways. It is made by slow-cooking apples with sugar, spices, and a touch of lemon juice until it reaches a thick and smooth consistency. Spread it on toast, pancakes, or use it as a filling for pastries.
  1. Apple Salsa:
Add a refreshing twist to your salsa by incorporating diced apples. The crisp texture and natural sweetness of apples complement the tanginess of tomatoes and the heat of jalapenos. Serve this apple salsa with tortilla chips or as a topping for grilled meats.
  1. Apple Slaw:
Instead of traditional cabbage slaw, try using shredded apples as the base. Mix them with carrots, red onions, and a tangy dressing for a refreshing and crunchy side dish. This apple slaw pairs well with grilled chicken or fish. 
  1. Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops:
For a flavorful and juicy pork chop, stuff it with a mixture of diced apples, breadcrumbs, herbs, and spices. The apples add a touch of sweetness and moisture to the meat, creating a delightful combination of flavors. 
  1. Apple and Brie Quesadillas:
Take your quesadillas to the next level by adding thinly sliced apples and creamy brie cheese. The sweetness of the apples complements the richness of the cheese, resulting in a gourmet twist on a classic dish.
  1. Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese:
Upgrade your grilled cheese sandwich by layering thinly sliced apples and sharp cheddar cheese between two slices of bread. The combination of the sweet and tart apples with the savory cheese creates a mouth-watering flavor profile.
  1. Apple-Stuffed Chicken Breast:
Impress your dinner guests with a delicious and elegant apple-stuffed chicken breast. Simply butterfly the chicken breast, stuff it with a mixture of diced apples, herbs, and cheese, and bake it until golden and juicy. 
  1. Apple and Caramelized Onion Pizza:
For a unique and flavorful pizza, top your dough with caramelized onions, thinly sliced apples, and a sprinkle of blue cheese. The sweetness of the apples and the savory onions create a perfect balance of flavors.
  1. Apple and Ginger Smoothie:
Start your day with a refreshing and nutritious smoothie by blending apples, ginger, spinach, and a splash of almond milk. The natural sweetness of the apples pairs well with the zingy flavor of ginger, creating a vibrant and healthy beverage.
Apples are not just for snacking or making pies anymore. With their versatility and natural sweetness, they can be incorporated into a wide range of dishes, adding unique flavors and textures. From apple chips to apple-stuffed chicken breast, these ten unexpected ways of using apples in cooking will surely elevate your culinary experience. So, next time you have apples in your kitchen, don't hesitate to get creative and explore the endless possibilities they offer.


By Chef Julian Pancer, The Chef Upstairs

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