As we’re reaching the end of fall, we’re also coming to the end of Michigan apples for the year. Everyone it out grabbing their last batch of apples from their favorite orchard. Pull out your flannels, slip on those rain boots, and get ready for apple picking! Michigan boasts 18 varieties of locally-grown apples, ripe for picking this time of year.
After you’ve picked your heart out, what do you do with your new bounty? I’ve got some suggestions. Follow these recipes to make mouth-watering dishes that will put your new apple stock to good use.
Apple Baked Bean Casserole
This one is a personal favorite. A good addition to Thanksgiving (or any) dinner, this filling casserole strikes the perfect balance between savory and sweet. The best Michigan apples to use in this dish are Gala, McIntosh, and Golden Delicious. There are many varieties of this dish, each being slightly different. Try this Paula Deen recipe to start, and then customize ingredients according to your taste.
Apple Turkey Wraps
Looking for an alternative sandwich to pack in your lunch? This is a slightly healthier use of those Michigan apples. This recipe combines sweet Michigan apples with fresh spinach, lemon yogurt, and smoked turkey breast for a sensational flavor explosion. The best apples to use in this recipe: anything red (Paula Red, Gala, Jonamac, etc.).
The soft, smooth cheese in this dish offers an appetizing contrast to the crispy apple crunch. This is a fast recipe, good for a snack after school or something fun to bring to social gatherings. There’s something in these nachos for everyone! Best apples to use here: Ida Red, Rome, or Jonathan.
Michigan Apple and Butternut Squash Soup
Perfect for one of those chilly autumn evenings in, this soup is a filling, healthy way to use your apples. Make enough for the whole family, or a dish for one and refrigerate the rest for later. Either way, this soup is sure not to disappoint.
Almond Apple Pie
What is an apple recipe list without a good apple pie? This apple pie recipe is the perfect dessert to complete any meal. The recipe calls for lots of cinnamon, almonds and, of course, apple slices. You’ll have the most luck with this recipe if you use a dessert apple, like Empire, Gala, Golden Delicious, or McIntosh. A scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side and you are guaranteed a happy tummy.
Here are 8 more ways you didn’t know you could use Michigan apples. Pick your favorite and let us know how your dish turned out in the comments below!