Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes

Chances are you’ve probably made a couple of visits to your favorite apple orchard and you might have gotten swept up in the moment that you overbought. The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten shared some of her favorite sweet and savory apple recipes and what to do with those leftover apples.

Chicken Breasts with Apple Cream Sauce

2 cups apple cider
3 tablespoons butter, divided
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded slightly
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons garlic salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
2 apples, thinly sliced
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme or Italian parsley, plus more for garnish

Heat cider in a saucepan and let simmer for about 10 minutes until it reduces down to about 1 cup. Dredge chicken breasts lightly in flour and season with garlic salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and brown chicken breasts for 4 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove chicken to a plate. Add remaining butter to the same skillet and apples. Cook apples for 2 to 4 minutes until they just start to soften. Remove apples to a plate or bowl. Cover to keep them warm.

Add chicken stock and reduced cider to the skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up brown bits at the bottom of the pan. Turn down heat a bit and whisk in mustard and heavy cream. Add chicken back to the pan to warm and cook through. Stir in thyme or parsley. Serve chicken with the cider cream sauce and warm apples over the top. Garnish with a little extra thyme or parsley. Great served with hot cooked rice.

Easy Apple Dumplings

2 granny smith apples
2 cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 cup white sugar
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 mini can of sprite or mountain dew

Peel and core apples. Cut apples into 8 slices each. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over apples. Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 inch pan that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Melt butter, then add both sugars and stir. Add vanilla, stir and pour over apples. Pour soda around the edges and middle of pan. Sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top and bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top. You can also cut this recipe in half and bake in an 8 x 8 inch pan.

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