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Simple Apple Sauce, a recipe for how to cook the flavor of the season

Simple Apple Sauce

Nothing says fall like the flavor of a cooked apple. Apple sauce is one of the best ways to preserve that taste of warm comfort but I have spent my life over looking it.  Growing up I never appreciated this simple staple's power. The older I get I am amazed at how many recipes it makes better.  Pork chops are never as succulent with out it.  Baked goods take on an ethereal quality from it.


Simple Apple Sauce

If you like this apple sauce you may never buy another jar after making this recipe.  It is that easy and so delicious with fresh apples.  Try different varieties of apples for a treat.

  • 8 apples (Cortland's are good a mushy apple for sauce), cored, and cut into chunks (peeling is optional)
  • 1/3 cup water or Zinfandel (yes that is right, red wine - for a delicious rich sauce)
  • 1 tbsp Russian Mulling Spice or Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional)


Simple Apple Sauce

In 2-qt. microwave-safe dish, combine apples and water (or wine). Cover with lid or vented plastic wrap; microwave on high (100%) 12 to 14 minutes or until apples are tender. Check the apples every 4 or so minutes, turn the bowl around if you do not have a turn table in your microwave. 

Stir in the sugar (optional) and Russian Mulling Spice or Chinese 5 Spice.  Return the bow to the microwave and cook for 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Stir and set aside to cool before serving. If you prefer a finer sauce, mash or puree the apples after it has cooled. This makes 4 cups.

Simple Apple Sauce

What you've shared:

Christine Levine • I've never made applesauce in the microwave. Will have to try it sometime.

When I make applesauce, I do not peel the apples or add sugar. Rather, I remove the cores, cut them into chucks, steam the apples in just a little bit of water and puree to to make it silky smooth. (Ok, so my applesauce is often pink, but who cares).

Maybe even more simple is to cook only apples, a bottom of water and if you like a bit cinnamon. Easy and delicious!
Posted by Maurice

Kathleen Vignolini • We do it every season, but it's simpler: dozens of apples, water, cinnimon, nutmeg, & NO sugar (maybe a dab, or maybe honey) cook long, low, & slow. done. mmmmmmm

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Photo Credit:  Julie T Cecchini

Pork Chops and Applesauce

Pork chops and apple sauce Simple, easy and satisfying describe this dish.  In the summer just throw them on the grill.  Outlook Farm Pork Chops and our 6 spice inspired this twist on a very old favorite.

Soak pork chops in water for one hour.  After soaking rub the chops with 6 spice  and let sit refrigerated for about an hour, or while you are at work.

To Bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place chops in an 8x12 inch baking dish, drizzle with oil. Cover chops with the applesauce. Cover and bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

To Grill:  Brush grate lightly with oil before placing pork chops on the grill. Cook over hot coals for 10 to 12 minutes with the cover on.  Turn once after 7 minutes and top with apple sauce. The chops will be done when the juice runs clear to brown, never red/pink.

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Food Newtork, Canada