Last Saturday when I picked up our Bountiful-Basket I realized we were drowning in apples. The week before I bought a bag of apples at Kroger because Layla loves them. Gosh, I ended up with more apples than I knew what to do with.
Last year when I had too many apples I made homemade apple sauce and the kids loved it. It was a favorite topping for our oatmeal at breakfast. This time I wanted to make a side dish for dinner similar to the apples you get from Chili's restaurant. We ate at Chili's a few weeks ago and Layla chose them as a side with her cheeseburger and she LOVED them.
I needed to make this happen for my little apple lover.
I peeled the apples with a potato peeler and then after I sliced them I cut them into cubes. I tossed them into the slow cooker and topped them with brown sugar and cinnamon. I really didn't measure anything, but I chopped about 7-8 apples and probably used about 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a few shakes of cinnamon. After thinking about it for a minute I decided to mix in some room temperature butter. Everything is better with butter!!
I let them cook for a couple of hours and my house smelled edible. The smell of fresh apples cooking is better than any candle you can buy!
Once they were soft I topped them with granola. We got fresh granola from our food co-op. It is so delicious because it is full of pecans, pumpkin seeds and cherries. I stirred in the granola and let it cook with the apples for another hour or so.
It isn't the prettiest dish I have made, but it was easy and the kids really enjoyed it. I wanted to drizzle caramel sauce on the kids servings, but I forgot. They would have loved that! I did top theirs with whipped cream. Mmmmm! Such a great apple treat!
What have you been cooking with apples?