Fried Onions and Apples Recipe
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Fried Onions and Apples Recipe

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Since a lot of delicious onions are grown in our state, they are always part of my menu. This tangy side dish is good with pork and beef. The inspiration for this unusual combination was a prolific apple tree!—Janice Mitchell, Aurora, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 large yellow onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 large tart red apples, sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 137 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in butter until tender. Place apples on top of onions. Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over apples.
  2. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer 5 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Fried Onions and Apples in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p45

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luigimon User ID: 1692040 41585
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"Excellent and easy! Had them with Country Style Ribs and Creamy Ranch Mac n Cheese. The flavors really enhanced each other. Love TOH!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 20968
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I tried this recipe for the first time! I did make some adjustments to this recipe and instead of butter, I used 2 Tbsp. canola oil with the sliced yellow onions. Instead of brown sugar, i used 3 Tbsp. granulated sugar with 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon. I also used 2 Tbsp. apple cider for this dish and cut the apples into smaller pieces, rather than wedges! I admit that I covered the pan later into the cooking time and I'd stirred the mixture from time to time! This certainly is an unusual dish and was Almanzo Wilder's FAVORITE dish! I ate the whole pan! It's likely that I'll prepare this dish again! I had the time on my hands as I'm alone tonite and just felt like making this dish! Thank you, Sue Davis, for this theme menu and recipes from the Laura Ingalls Wilder series! I have the whole series and it has been fun to read about how both Ma Ingalls and Mother Wilder could be such EXCELLENT cooks/bakers for their families! delowenstein"

MaggieWB User ID: 4951050 19073
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"I would never have dreamed o combining apples and onions, but the result was delicious. Thank you for sharing your fine recipe."

shezachef User ID: 1977463 41582
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"We've been making this side dish for over 10 years now. It's always a favorite, especially with pork chops. Every fall when the apples are in season, we make it several times. I halve the recipe for my smaller family. Yum!"

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