Fried Apples are delicious when cooked in a cast iron skillet… watch-out Cracker Barrel. It’s the perfect Southern “comfort food” side dish, that’s a breeze to make and a pleasure to eat.
As kids growing up in Corbin, Kentucky we simply walked out to the apple trees and picked whatever mom or granny needed for whatever they were making. Today, when we head to Cracker Barrel, it’s always their amazing Fried Apples that rope us in. You know, that gooey sweet gravy mix with their soft apples. You’ll discover our Fried Apples are dead-on theirs! You won’t be disappointed…
As you have encountered with all our recipes, whether you’re looking for a delightful tasty side or a quick delicious time-saver, this recipe hits the mark! This is a quick dish to prepare and can be on the table in minutes.
You will find yourself making these delicious fried apples frequently not only as a side dish but as the filling to numerous recipes. The apple slices when cooked with cinnamon and cider will produce an amazing sauce that cannot be purchased in any can. This is a tasty side that can be served at breakfast, dinner, or included in many dessert recipes!
You will enjoy making our simple Cinnamon Apple recipe, just like mama and Cracker Barrel make. You’ll be shocked how quickly you can make this delicious side… enjoy!
Ingredients for Our Apples
- Apples – Golden Delicious apples are an excellent choice.
- Apple Cider
- Brown Sugar
- Lemon Juice
How to Make our Fried Cinnamon Apples
First, you will need to prepare your apples, by peeling, coring, and slicing them into 1/4 inch thick wedges before cooking them. Over low heat, begin melting butter in your skillet.
Once that butter has melted, add the apple slices into the skillet. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and lemon juice. Blend everything together for a moment before covering the skillet and letting simmer until they turn soft. When the apples have softened, you’ll remove the apples and place them in a bowl and leave the remaining liquid in the skillet.
The liquid mixture will be thickened and transformed into a sweet, fried apple sauce. Now we will make a cornstarch slurry with some apple cider or apple juice instead of water. In a small bowl, mix your apple cider and cornstarch until no clumps remain.
Our cornstarch slurry will be introduced into our apple liquid mixture that is already in the skillet. Turn the heat up to medium and pour in the slurry. Whisk this continuously until the slurry has blended in and the entire mixture begins to thicken.
We are now ready to introduce the cooked apples back into the skillet with our gooey mix.
Blend everything together and ensure that all the apples are thoroughly covered before serving!
Once you’ve enjoyed cooking our Fried Apples, please consider giving some of our other simple southern classic dishes a spin. Take a few minutes and review our classic dinner, sides, and dessert recipes!
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Fried Apples Recipe
- 1 stick Butter
- 2 lb Apples
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp Allspice
- 1/2 cup Apple Cider
- 1 tbsp Cornstarch
- Core, peel and cut apples into 1/4" thick wedges.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat.
- Spread apples around in skillet.
- Drizzle with lemon juice.
- Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
- Top apples with brown sugar mixture.
- Cover and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes until tender.
- Carefully remove apples from skillet leaving juices.
- Whisk together apple cider and cornstarch until there are no lumps.
- Add cornstarch mixture to skillet and stir until thickened over low heat.
- Add apples back and stir to coat.
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