We recently marked the birthday of John Chapman, better known as “Johnny Appleseed.” Chapman’s devotion to nature as a nurseryman, conservationist, and educator is said to have extended not only to apples but to animals and insects as well. But he is most famous for his propagation of apple trees across the Midwest. Yet, despite Chapman’s September birthday, October is when apple-eating (and cider-sipping) season really kicks into high gear in the U.S. and apple dishes dot the menus at restaurants across the nation.
In the interest of finding as many ways to eat delicious autumn apples as we can every day (and not just to keep the doctor away), we’re looking beyond the pie to showcase nine apple dishes and drink for fall dining.
Orchard Apple and Bleu Salad at Relish, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Crisp and tart, apples pair perfectly with creamy cheeses and leafy greens. Take, for example, the Orchard Apple and Bleu Salad at Relish in the PHL. This salad combines fresh, seasonal apple slices with assorted lettuces, blue cheese crumbles, candied walnuts and a raspberry vinaigrette. Sweet, tangy, crunchy, and healthful, this creation hits all the right notes.
Warm Caramel Apple Crepe at Suzette’s Creperie, Wheaton, Illinois
For me, nothing tastes of autumn (and Halloween!) quite like caramel apples. Suzette’s Creperie raises the bar on that food memory in a serious way with its Salted Caramel Apple Crepe. Sautéed apples are topped with warm salted caramel sauce and pecans, then wrapped in a handmade crepe and served with a dollop of whipped cream. Oh, man. Or, rather, oh, Suzette!
Green Apple Slaw at Valley Tap House, Apple Valley, Minnesota
Apples brighten up the taste of this otherworldly coleslaw. And, what better toothy condiment to slather on your burger and kick things up a notch? The signature burger at the Valley Tap House in the appropriately named Apple Valley, Minnesota, features a delicate topping of green apple slaw, as well as grilled portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Italian truffle cheese.
Apple Cider Doughnuts at White Mountain Cider Company, Glen, New Hampshire
No cider mill worth its apples is complete without the warming comfort of fresh, hot apple cider doughnuts. Thankfully, at White Mountain Cider Company, you can channel your inner Homer Simpson (“Mmm, doughnuts!”) with their Warm Cider Donuts and Ice Cream plate throughout the year. Turn up the volume on the deliciousness with a hit of rich caramel sauce.