As much as I hate to see all the juicy berries and stone fruits of summer leave the farmers markets, I find comfort in knowing that means apples are upon us. Cooking and baking with the fall’s most famous fruit is one of my very favorite parts of the season.
So I polled my fellow Kitchn editors to see what apple recipe they’re most excited to make this season to ensure I don’t miss out on any sweet or savory opportunities. Here are our picks.
1. Hasselback Apples
I used to make baked apples with my grandma all the time. Kelli’s version of Hasselback apples are so yummy-looking that now I’m thinking we should try this next time. — Lauren Masur, Staff Writer
Get the recipe: How To Make Hasselback Apples
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2. Apple Bacon Slaw
I love the crunchy, tangy goodness of an apple slaw in the fall. Summer salads may be past their peak, but a crisp apple slaw makes it hard to miss them. I like to pile it on a plate full of the typically hearty things I tend to cook when the weather changes, like pulled pork or mashed potatoes, and take an occasional bite as I’m eating everything else. — Christopher Michel, Food Director
Get the recipe: Apple Bacon Slaw
3. Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
This sangria is really refreshing, and I love that it uses fresh apples as well as apple cider, which is yummy this time of year. The touch of cognac adds depth but it isn’t enough to be boozy. — Christine Gallary, Food Editor-at-Large
Get the recipe: Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
5. Slow Cooker Applesauce
I make this every year after apple picking. The flavorings are simple, letting the fruit flavor shine! It tastes so much richer than anything store-bought. — Patty Catalano, Contributor
Get the recipe: How To Make Applesauce in the Slow Cooker
6. Glazed Apple Fritters
I love making doughnuts, and the apple ones are a fun twist on the plain ones I often make. They’re not much more work, but they’re a heck of a lot more exciting to serve! — Kaitlin Garske, Senior Social Media Manager
Get the recipe: Glazed Apple Fritters
7. Easy Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Feta
I like adding apples to savory fall dishes — it doesn’t matter whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I’ll top my morning muesli or overnight oats with chopped apples, or stir them into plain yogurt. But probably my favorite way to use apples is to toss them into salads for a sweet crunch. — Grace Elkus, Deputy Food Director
Get the recipe: Easy Spinach Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Feta
7. The Best, Easiest Apple Crisp
This one is my pick: A warm, buttery crisp is the very first thing I make with my apple haul. While some may prefer whipped cream or just a drizzle of heavy cream, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream is obligatory, in my opinion.
Get the recipe: How To Make the Best, Easiest Apple Crisp
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