How to Use Apples in Your Main Dish

Green and red apples
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As fall rolls around, we’re eager to start using warm fall flavors in our cooking. In addition to things like pumpkin and maple, apple is a great fall fruit that has enough tartness and acidity to be useable in lots of different dishes—not just pumpkin pie. Here are a few ways to use apple in your main course.

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

Apple and cinnamon are cooked through in this recipe to bring out the tartness and cook out some of the sweetness. Combined with the taste of cayenne pepper and brown sugar, you’ll end up with a deliciously caramelized cut of meat with just the right amount of bite.

Chicken Salad

It’s not uncommon to include some cubed apples and walnuts in your chicken salad for a little extra sweetness and crunch. It’s best to use green apples as these will give you tang as opposed to pure sweetness, and their dryer texture will complement the mayonnaise well.


Mulligatawny is a hearty Indian soup made with yellow lentils, chicken, carrots, and you guessed it—apples! It’s eaten over rice or with bread and is a super comforting, filling meal. This is a perfect meal for when the nights start to get colder and for when you need to feed a lot of people (or yourself for the whole week).