If you've ever been to an apple orchard, you know how much fun picking a basket of delicious, healthy apples can be. And if you haven't been, find a friendly grower and get to pickin'! In honor of autumn and apple season, we've chosen five of our top-rated recipes that highlight the juicy fruit that's simply amazing right from the tree. For more about apples, from choosing the right variety to a kids' page and more, visit the U.S. Apple Association.
Apple and Onion Beef Pot Roast
Rely on your slow cooker to help prepare this moist Apple and Onion Beef Pot Roast. I thicken the juices to make a pleasing apple gravy that's wonderful over the beef slices and onions.
—Rachel Koistinen, Hayti, South Dakota
Favorite Apple Salad
A friend gave us this refreshing recipe, which immediately became a family favorite, especially with my mother and mother-in-law. For many meals, I'll prepare this crisp, colorful Favorite Apple Salad in place of an ordinary green salad.
—Sharon Bielmyer, Holtwood, Pennsylvania
Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops
I found this Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops recipe online years ago and it quickly became a favorite. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand and it's great in hot weather because it goes together quickly, without turning on the oven. One-pan cleanup is a bonus.
—Christina Price, Wheeling, West Virginia
This no-cook Fresh Applesauce is extra-healthy since no nutrients are lost in cooking. Honey makes it sweet enough to satisfy as dessert.
—Mary Ann Gove, Cottonwood, Arizona
Apple and Goat Cheese Salad
This Apple and Goat Cheese Salad is a light and delicious side dish for almost any meal. The sweetness of the apples, raisins and grapes combines well with the tart goat cheese and dressing.
—Radelle Knappenberger, Oviedo, Florida