Did you guys ever watch the Brady Bunch as a kid? Do you remember the episode where Peter starts imitating Humphrey Bogart and telling everyone they were having ‘Porkchops and applesauce” for dinner? Click here to see what I am talking about. LOL.
Have your ever had pork chops and applesauce? I never have. Is it a good pairing? My mom just slow braised pork chops in lemon juice and white wine and oregano until fall apart tender. But that’s not what this blog post is about! I can fill 100 blog posts about all the things my Greek-American girlfriends and I never tried as children that all of our regular American friends indulged in. You have never heard so many sad tales of “I never got to order off the kids menu as a child, I had to have a t-bone steak!” Can you imagine? A 5 year old with a t-bone steak in front of her? Yeah, that was me. FWP (first world problems). LOL.
Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled program…you guys, how did I not know that applesauce is so good? How have I been living unaware of this fact for so long? Okay, truth be told I wanted to make some applesauce for Miss Magdalena since she is starting solid foods now. But I tasted some and was like “whoa!” I found out it was so super good and I had to share this simple little sweet treat.
What else can you do with applesauce?
- a side to pork chops
- latkes and applesauce
- use applesauce in your baked goods like muffins and cakes
- topping for your oatmeal
Now I am all, “I can’t wait for fall to go apple picking!” Get ready Michigan road trip! Apple picking and apple cider doughnuts. Alas, it’s only February!!! It’s snowing like crazy in Chicago. We probably got 8 inches on Friday and another 5 inches Saturday night into Sunday morning. It’s a slow motion snowpocalypse…never ending snow. Heavy, wet, slushy snow. Actually the slush reminds me of applesauce, but golden and cinnammon-like…ok, never mind.
I like to top vanilla ice cream with a few spoonfuls of warmed applesauce and a little caramel sauce and it’s heaven! So here is my husband and baby approved applesauce.
Cinnamon Applesauce – makes 4 x 8oz jars
4 lbs of apples (I like gala or braeburn)
1.5 cups of water
2 sticks of cinnamon
Peel, core and slice your apples
Place in a big pot and add water and cinnamon sticks.
Bring to boil, then turn down and simmer for 25 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Mash or puree or waz it up with a fancy immersion blender,
Eat with a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg or use in your favorite recipe for baking or top your vanilla ice cream, or top your oatmeal, or just enjoy plain.