Welcome back, friends!
Today’s recipes are all about apples! If you know me, you know I have a thing for apples this time of year. I like to call September “Apple Month”. I cook or bake as many apple dishes as I can during that month, yet here we are in October and I’m still going strong with my apple craze. If you love apples as much as I do, here is an apple-inspired meal I prepared for Sunday lunch recently (followed by some bonus apple recipes). I’m always on the lookout for new recipes and this Maple Apple Pork Tenderloin recipe came off the box of Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice.
Maple Apple Pork Tenderloin
2 pound pork tenderloin sliced into 8 pieces
salt and pepper
2 green apples, diced
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts (I had pecans)
1/2 cup real maple syrup
Season pork with salt and pepper. Grill or bake.
Spray a saucepan with cooking spray and add diced apples. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add the walnuts and maple syrup and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand until pork is done. Spoon apple mixture over the pork. Serve with the wild rice and a green veggie.
I cooked the apple mixture Sunday morning while the rice and green beans were on the stove, and then grilled the pork on a grill pan when we got home from church.
For dessert, I made the standard Eagle Brand no bake cheesecake. You know the one that you top with a can of cherry or blueberry pie filling? Well, to go with my apple theme, I topped this one with apple pie filling instead, and we loved it!
Apple Cream Cheese Pie
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (8 or 9″) graham cracker crust
1 (21 oz.) can apple pie filling
Beat the cream cheese until fluffly. Gradually beat in the sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla. Pour cream mixture into the crust and chill overnight or at least a few hours. Top with apple pie filling.
If that’s not enough apple recipes for you, then here are several more ways to use this favored fruit:
This recipe is so easy, you don’t even need a recipe! Peel and slice some apples, place in a casserole dish, and give a sprinkle of brown sugar (mapel syrup works well too). Add a little cinnamon, a handful of dried cranberries, and a few dabs of butter. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, or until the apples are your preferred doneness. I like mine fork tender and not too mushy. Halfway through cooking, give the apples a good stir and taste. If you want them sweeter, add more brown sugar and return to oven until done.
Here’s the apple-inspired meal we served for our grandparents’ dinner last year. It was such a fun meal! If you didn’t catch it last year, I’m giving all the links on this post. For more pictures of the cute country tablescape read “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree”.
The recipes for Apple Stuffed Chicken and Apple Tossed Salad, pictured above, can be found on the “Bushel of Apple Recipes” post.
This fruity Apple Tea is every bit as refreshing as it looks!
These two apple cakes- Abe’s Apple Cake and Fresh Apple Cake– are a must-bake during apple season, and “The Story of Two Apple Cakes” is one of my favorite posts I’ve done!
Apple Cookies are the perfect treat to deliver or share with friends on a fall afternoon. You can read more about this cake-like cookie with browned butter icing in “Apple Cookies and Fall Visiting”.
Besides the happy little matter of apples being in peak season this time of year, September was also Johnny Appleseed’s birthday! Each year, I’ve read the Johny Appleseed story to my kids (just Wilton now) from the same old tattered book, purchased from a used book sale in the early days of our homeschooling. Below are some crafts the kids made as party favors for the grandparents’ luncheon last year.
Wilton colored and cut out Johnny Appleseed pictures for each grandparent. And of course, Johnny is wearing his pot on his head! Do you know the story?!
Madeline was big into soap making last year, so she crafted some apple scented soaps from apple tree molds. These were for the grandmothers, and they smelled so sweet and fruity.
If you’re not yet convinced of my love for apples, I’m leaving you with this image of the apples I once brought home from one of many fall trips to my sister’s. She lives fairly close to an apple orchard and we would make the trip each October to get our apples for the whole winter season. I took this photo just before washing, peeling, and freezing! It was a happy winter!
Thanks for hanging in there with me and this long apple post! The rest of my recipe posts this week will be much shorter. There was just so much apple goodness to share in this one!
I think I’ll go eat an apple now.