45 Festive, Flavorful Apple Recipes to Make This Fall
Who says you can't eat an apple-filled dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Biting into one out of hand is easy, yes, but let's shake things up this fall and celebrate apple season by cooking and baking with them instead. From savory salads, soups, and flatbreads to sweet apple pies, turnovers, tarts, and more, apples make a delicious addition to every dish.
There are over 750 varieties of apples in the world, and more than 100 types of apples that exist in the United States alone. So when cooking and baking with apples, make sure to choose your varieties carefully: tart Granny Smiths and sweet Cortlands are not always interchangeable.
Here, we have 45 delicious, easy apple recipes you'll love eating this fall—and all year long.
Caramelized Onion Tarts With Apples
These puff pastry bites combine tart apples with caramelized onions for a unique fall flavor that’s sure to please. Bake a few tarts for a dinner-party appetizer or a book club snack—or make one for a light meal served alongside a kale or perfectly fall mixed green salad.
Pumpkin Pavlova with Roasted Apples
Most of us who love pavlova think of it as a berry-packed summer treat, but we switched this one up using leftover pumpkin puree and sweet-tart Honeycrisp apples to give it an apropos fall twist.
Sheet Pan Pork With Fennel and Apples
To ensure a golden-brown crust on this pork, you’ll start by roasting everything, and then crank it up to broil to seal the glaze in. Honeycrisp apples work well in this recipe because they hold their shape when baked. If you can’t find them at your market, Jonagold or Pink Lady apples will work well, too.
Spiced Apple Kombucha
Wow your guests with this cocktail containing kombucha, spiced rum, and classic winter spices. Make it a few days ahead of your event to let the flavors really come together. Then, serve it up in a highball glass with ice and an apple to garnish.
Sausage and Apple Stuffing
Sweet Italian sausage mingles with chopped tart apples and sage in this lovely autumn dish. We use a cubed baguette for a toasted crouton feel, but you can play around with the base: try using crumbled-up cornbread, cubed challah, or brioche instead.
Apple and Watercress Salad
Here, you simply toss sliced red apples with watercress, olive oil, lemon juice, and tarragon for a surprisingly flavorful (and crowd-pleasing!) side. Watercress is similar to arugula, and gives the salad a nice peppery kick.
Boozy Apple Cider Slushie
Want to know how to win at any fall or winter holiday? Make boozy apple cider slushies. These delightful frozen cocktails taste like nothing you’ve ever had before. If you want to get super fancy, garnish each drink with an apple slice and cinnamon stick. Your friends will be begging you to make these all year round.
Apple Pie Baked Apples
These single-serve apple pie-stuffed apples are almost too cute to eat. While they take a bit more work than some other apple pie recipes, they're sure to impress anyone from potluck guests to your picky in-laws. The recipe calls for Honeycrisp apples, but you can use a smaller variety to make these treats truly bite-sized.
Irish Apple Cake With Custard Sauce
One of Ireland’s most popular desserts, the spiced apple cake is known for its crunchy sugar crust. Tart Granny Smith apples keep the cake from being too sweet, and a blend of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice make each bite warm and comforting. Serve directly from the oven, with a generous drizzle of custard sauce.
Apple Coffee Cake Twist With Giant Crumbs
The sweet-and-spicy cinnamon crumb topping is unquestionably the best part of any coffee cake. So naturally, we made it the star of this dessert. Here, the big, buttery crumbs sit atop an elegant crescent roll twist, which is more striking to serve (and simple to bake) than a traditional coffee cake. Add apples to the mix, and you've got pastry perfection.
Celery and Apple Salad With Toasted Buckwheat
Celery, apple, and toasted buckwheat deliver a variety of textures that make this healthy lunch idea extremely satisfying. Toasted buckwheat is a fun and nutritious add-on that fits into a gluten-free diet. Bonus: this recipe won't wilt like other salads by the time the clock hits lunchtime.
Fish Tacos With Green Apple Guacamole
Adding diced apple to guacamole gives it extra crunch and a distinctive tartness that makes this dish seriously addictive.
Apple, Sausage, and Cheddar Monkey Bread
The best breakfast recipes (like this one) make sleeping in a bit longer easier. With just four ingredients, you can whip up this crowd-pleasing brunch recipe in 15 minutes. Then while it bakes, you can slice up fruit or scramble a few eggs to finish the feast.
Mustardy Kale Salad With Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple
Packed with protein and fiber, this hearty main course salad is a nutritional powerhouse. Combine the kale, roasted sweet potato, chopped apple, and almonds in a large bowl and drizzle with a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Once dressed, massage the kale with clean hands to make the salad more palatable.
Salmon With Bok Choy and Apple Slaw
The best every-season dish: salmon with bok choy and apple slaw. It only takes 15 minutes to make, packs plenty of protein and fiber, and only asks for seven ingredients.
Potato Pierogi With Sautéed Cabbage and Apples
Bourbon Apple Cake
This delicious apple cake contains two surprising ingredients. The first: bourbon, which adds a smooth, spirited, and slightly boozy flavor to the sweet-tart apples. The second is instant grits for added texture and structure.
Chopped Winter Salad With Butternut Squash, Apple, and Feta
Full of contrasting flavors and textures, this salad combines sweet roasted butternut squash with chickpeas, crunchy apples, briny olives, and salty feta cheese. The whole thing is finished with a drizzle of dill dressing.
Candy apples are undeniably photogenic and, more importantly, delicious. Apples and salty-sweet caramel? It’s almost too good. Serve the apples on a wax-paper platter for people to pick up and take with them, or in a sealed box for guests to take as they leave.
Apple Cinnamon Latkes With Maple Syrup
Whether it's a Jewish holiday or just a regular weekday, these apple cinnamon latkes are breakfast, lunch, or dinner perfection (or all three). Topping them with maple syrup—and mixing three golden delicious apples into the batter—makes them the ideal fall appetizer or side, too.
Eat your greens and keep the doctor away with this healthy smoothie recipe. It’s great if you're looking for a post-workout recovery drink or something to sip on on the way to work. If you're really pressed for time, you can blend it the night before, freeze it, and let it thaw for sipping later.
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Sweet Potato and Apple Soup With Cheese and Walnuts
The lusciousness of a sweet potato, combined with tender onions, helps give this easy soup a delicious creaminess without a speck of cream. Nutmeg brings out the sweetness of the cooked sweet potato and apple, and a side of tangy blue cheese and crisp apples is the perfect pair for this classic fall meal.
Sour-Cream Apple Crumb Pie
Spinach Smoothie With Avocado and Apple
Does it get much healthier than this smoothie? The creamy-creamy concoction packs just four ingredients: fiber-filled apples, avocado, kale, and fresh apple juice. Not a fan of kale? Swap in spinach.
Roast Chicken, Apples, and Leeks
Roast Pork Tenderloin With Spicy Apple-Green Chile Salsa
Pork With Sautéed Granny Smith Apples
Roasted Sweet Potato and Apple Soup
Creamy Barley Salad With Apples
Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Stuffing
Cranberries With Apples and Brandy
Ravioli With Apples and Walnuts
Chunky Apple and Raisin Sauce
Spoon this sweet, simple sauce over cooked meat to add moisture and flavor in an instant.
Sweet Baked Apples
Apple Cake With Caramel Glaze
Use packaged candies to make this classic caramel-coated treat in just 10 minutes.
Upside-Down Apple Polenta Cake
Arroz con Pollo With Apples
This compote recipe is foolproof and fuss-free, plus you can make it ahead of time (which is a blessing, especially in busy holiday seasons). You'll simply heat fresh or frozen cranberries and sugar with apple juice and bourbon in a saucepan until it thickens up nicely. Let the compote cool, and store it in a covered container in the refrigerator until you’re ready for the feast.