15 Ways to Use Granny Smith Apples

Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash on a red plate
Photo: linda2d

Granny Smith apples are one of the most versatile apples you can buy. Their sweet-tart flavor and crisp texture make them an apple that is as wonderful for cooking and baking as it is to eat out of hand. It is tart enough to use in savory applications, but with enough sweetness to shine in baking. Granny Smith apples make a beautifully smooth applesauce, but when roasted whole or baked, they don't collapse or disintegrate, making it the preferred apple for tarts, pies, and the platonic ideal of an apple dessert, the famous tarte tatin. Whether you are making a simple apple cake or muffin, or bringing your serious pastry skills to the table, the Granny Smith apple will always have your back. Here are some of our favorite Granny Smith apple recipes that make the most of this perfect fruit.

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Spiced Slow Cooker Applesauce

applesauce in a white bowl

Applesauce isn't just for kids. This version is made a bit more balanced with Granny Smiths, and it's extra easy because it's made in the slow cooker.

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Country Apple Dumplings

Country Apple Dumplings on a white plate

Nothing is more homey than a traditional apple dumpling. Granny Smiths are enrobed in dough and baked with a juicy sauce, so it's perfect for dessert. But we won't tell anyone if you have one for breakfast.

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Chef John's Apple Fritters

Chef John's Apple Fritters on a white dish
Chef John

Apple fritters are one of those treats that always seem too complicated to make at home. But this recipe brings all the satisfaction of a bakery indulgence right into your kitchen.

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Chef John's Apple Butter

a weck jar with a knife holds Chef John's Apple Butter
Chef John

Some people don't really get the difference between applesauce and apple butter. But it boils down to this: if you let your applesauce keep cooking to drive off the excess water, you will eventually get this luscious velvety spread that is apple butter. Use it anywhere you would use jam or jelly, or to add sweetness with less sugar to sauces, soups, or stews.

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Southern Fried Apples

Southern Fried Apples in a white dish
Melissa Goff

If you have ever been to a boarding house dinner in the South, you will likely see a version of these "fried apples." Actually, it is just a sauté of apples with butter and sugar, which sounds like dessert, but it is a classic accompaniment to savory dishes like fried chicken or pork chops. Granny Smith apples bring needed tartness to this dish.

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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople

a lattice-topped apple pie with a slice cut out of it on a red, orange, and yellow tablecloth
Holiday Baker

Everyone should have a "grandma" recipe for a great apple pie, even if it isn't from your grandma. This is a prize-winner, and the most popular apple pie recipe we have.

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Plain Caramel Apples

caramel-dipped apple with chocolate drizzle

There might be no more perfect pairing than a Granny Smith apple and caramel, the ultimate sweet/tart indulgence. You can keep these dippers plain, drizzle with chocolate, or roll in nuts or candies to your heart's content.

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Apple Tarte Tatin

Apple Tarte Tatin

That tarte tatin we mentioned? If you are going to try to make one at home, your two best friends will be Granny Smith apples and this recipe.

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Spiralized Apple Salad

a small white plate with Spiralized Apple Salad and a red apple in the background

Time to talk savory. Granny Smiths are the perfect choice for this spiralized apple salad, a great way to start any fall dinner.

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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash, Garlic, and Apple Soup
Arizona Desert Flower

If you love a pumpkin or butternut squash soup, you will love it even more with some apple bringing extra depth and sweetness. We love this version all autumn long. You can substitute pumpkin or other orange sweet squashes for the butternut if you like.

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Maple Apple Chicken Burgers

a paper plate with Maple Apple Chicken Burgers

Think apples don't belong on a burger? You'll change your mind with this chicken burger that is enhanced with both Granny Smith apples and maple syrup.

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Pork Loin, Apples, and Sauerkraut

a roasting pan with Pork Loin, Apples, and Sauerkraut

Pork and apples are a pairing as old as time, especially in German and Austrian cuisine. This version includes sauerkraut for a complete meal that will satisfy the whole family.

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Apple Baked Beans

top-down view of a white ceramic baking dish filled with baked beans, garnished with a sprig of Italian parsley

This is a new take on an old favorite, and it is sure to become a frequently requested dish at your house. Baked beans are always a smart side dish, and this version gets depth and sweetness from the inclusion of some Granny Smith apples.

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Apple Potato Pancakes

Apple Potato Pancakes on a white plat
Baking Nana

If you love a potato pancake or are looking for a fabulous new latke to roll out this coming Hanukah, these apple potato pancakes are just the ticket. Applesauce is a traditional potato pancake condiment, so this takes it and turns it into mashup that works beautifully.

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Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash on a red plate

Acorn squash just cries out for stuffing as a hearty vegetarian main dish, but it makes for a wonderful side dish for any meat, too. This version is stuffed with onion and Granny Smith apples and cheddar cheese for a comforting dish that is easy to assemble but has terrific wow factor on the plate.

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Apple Crumble Pie on a white plate with a grey and black napkin
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