October is one of my favorite months. I love that the days have a hint of warmth and the nights are cool. The sun sets earlier in the day, which makes it perfect to light some candles and give the evening a cozy feel. Along with the delightful change in weather, I also have a slew of fall produce to use in my kitchen. It’s time to start using the oven again. This month we’ll be focusing on two groups- apples and winter squash.
We are starting with apples, as it is high time I write about some of the creations I’ve made. Living in New Hampshire, our orchards have had fresh apples available for over a month. With apples available, my cravings for apple crisp kick into gear. Although that is my default apple dish, I am, as always, inspired to try new dishes. I’ll be highlighting them over the next two weeks. To kickstart your apple obsession, we begin with five recipes from our archives.
Bacon-Wrapped Apples– I think the title alone sells this dish, as most people can’t resist bacon. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer a thought or two. This is a simple dish- apples + bacon + sugar. It includes a much sought after combination- salty and sweet. Definitely try this appetizer soon.
Raspberry Apple Feta Salad– Now that I’ve shared a simple, kind of indulgent app, let’s switch to something healthier- salad. Apples make a wonderful part of a dinner salad, whether it be as a side or an entrée. On its own this may be hearty enough for some; for others the addition of a protein will make this a meal.
Brie and Apple Pizza– Need another entrée that features apples? This pizza is a great choice. Gooey brie, fresh apples, and some melted mozzarella make for a perfectly topped pizza. If you’re in a pinch for time, skip making your own dough. Either use store-bought dough or some flatbread for a quick dinner.
Cheesy Grits with Apple & Ham– Whether you’re making breakfast or dinner with a breakfast theme, this recipe is a favorite of mine. When cheesy grits are topped with apple and ham, you have that fabulous combination of salty and sweet. With each plate made individually, you can choose which toppings to use and whether or not to add an egg.
Apple Cheddar Muffins– When I think of muffins, my mind tends to focus on the sweet- zucchini, coffee cake, and more. However, I’m open to other ideas, and these muffins are the perfect way to do that. Small bits of apple combined with the tang of cheddar make these muffins multi-purpose. Side dish at dinner, main dish at breakfast, or anytime of day snack. These muffins are one size fits all.