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Fried Onions and Apples

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, saute onions in butter until tender. Place apples on top of onions. Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over apples.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer until apples are tender, 5 minutes longer. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 137 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 4g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • cynandtom
    Sep 7, 2020

    I served this with Taste of Home Savory Pork Roast, it was a perfect side dish, and would be with any pork dish. So flavorful and tender.

  • Adele
    Nov 10, 2019

    This looks and sounds delicious, but I have a question. Looking at the picture, it appears the apples and onions have been stirred, but the recipe simply says "Place apples on top of onions. Combine remaining ingredients; sprinkle over apples. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer until apples are tender, 5 minutes longer. Serve with a slotted spoon." How are the seasonings incorporated into the vegetables if they aren't stirred in?

  • luigimon
    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
    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
    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
    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!