15 Savory Main Dishes Featuring Sweet Apples
There's nothing like the sweet surprise of cooked fruit complementing tender, savory meat. In these recipes, apples are a sweet, slightly tart companion for pork, chicken, beef, lamb, duck, and sausages.
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"This dish makes a fantastic sweater-weather meal, with beautifully roasted chicken and an apple, potato, and onion bake that takes advantage of the delicious roasted chicken drippings," says Diana71. "The beginning of fall comes with an abundance of apples, which means it's time to start baking! But more than pies, apples roast extremely well with chicken!"
"Always a gem," says Nolan. "Added garlic to the mix and double the marinade."
"The apple and onion together work magic on this classic dish," says Katie.
"A more wholesome version of the ever-popular sloppy joe using ground turkey instead of ground beef," says lutzflcat. "You'll get sweetness from the apples, a subtle hint of anise from the tarragon, and a burst of aromatic flavor from the cloves. Be adventuresome, step outside the box, and give it a try! Serve on butter-toasted hamburger buns."
"A healthy and tasty chicken salad with a fruity twist," says Karen. "Great on a croissant or in a honey pita."
"They are so flavorful you can eat them without a bun," says Norm. "I would recommend putting on some extra teriyaki sauce."
"This is a very healthy lunch salad," says seajillian. "Flaked salmon sweetened with apples and raisins and eaten on whole wheat crackers."
"Delicious," says ivyguppy. "I shredded the apple with a cheese grater instead of chopping it up. The apples melted right into the soup and it was de-lish."
"The chicken is so tender," says mirikim03. "And the spicy Korean red pepper paste with the fresh big chunks of apple, celery, and bell pepper are just so wholesome and hearty. Serve with a bowl of steamed white rice, tortilla, pita bread, or sandwich bread."
"Easy to make, great taste, grilled very quickly, and the family, who usually won't eat pork unless it's bacon, loved it," raves Joseph.
"Delicious, and truly a restaurant quality dish," says GolgerGirl. "Wonderful with basmati rice."
12. Sweet Lamb Curry
"A mild fragrant mix of lamb, raisins, apples, etc. produces a wonderful flavor," says windwalker. "Can be made the day before. Serve with rice, sambals, and pappadums."
13. Apple Cider Stew
"This is a warm, sweet, fall favorite!" says Joy. "It tastes even better the second day!"
"The brine is perfect," says bayareas. "It's the key to juicy, moist meat!"
"This easy, stovetop main dish uses apple cider to simmer boneless, skinless chicken thighs and onions," says Bibi. "Add some sambal oelek or some Sriracha sauce for a bit of heat, or omit for tender palates. Serve over cooked rice, or cauliflower rice, if you prefer."
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