The Magic of Apples & Honey



BY LAUREN SEPHTON

Did you know that apples are a member of the rose family? Along with pears, peaches, and cherries, apples have this nostalgic crisp flavor that is always fresh in the produce aisle year-round. But, paired with honey, a whole new aroma and magical experience are offered. Savory or sweet, apples and honey are worth giving a try.

Sriracha Honey Chicken with Apples

Servings: 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Chicken Thighs
  • 2 Apples, preferably Pink Lady, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp. each: Salt & Black Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Pat the chicken dry, then season with salt and black pepper. Add the extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add in the sliced apples and chicken to pan-fry until thoroughly cooked, about 20-30 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, whisk together the honey, sriracha, and lime juice.
  3. Turn the stovetop heat up to medium-high, then pour the sauce over the chicken and apples. Keep spooning the sauce over the chicken for 2-3 minutes, until reduced to a glossy sauce. Transfer the chicken and apples to a serving dish, garnish with fresh thyme leaves, and enjoy immediately.

Baked Brie, Apple & Honey Crostini

Servings: 10-12

Ingredients:

  • 1 Baguette, cut into 1/2″ slices
  • 6 oz. Brie
  • 2 Apples, preferably Honey Crisp, thinly sliced
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup Pecans, toasted and crushed
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 3-4 Fresh Mint Leaves, thinly chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Evenly spread the baguette slices onto the prepared baking tray in a single layer. On each baguette slice, place a thin slice of brie on top. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until brie has melted.
  3. In the meantime, toss together the lemon juice, the thin apple slices, and the thinly chopped mint in a small bowl.
  4. Once removed from the oven, add 1-2 thin slices of apple on each crostini. Garnish with the crushed pecans and a drizzle of honey. Serve immediately.

Crunchy Honey Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 4 Apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. Almond Meal
  • 1 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, chopped
  • 3 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease or line a 9×13″ baking dish.
  2. In the prepared baking dish, add in the chopped apples, 2 tablespoons almond meal, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Toss the ingredients together, then evenly spread out into a single layer.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil and honey until very smooth. Add in the rolled oats, chopped pecans, remaining almond meal (1/2 cup), remaining cinnamon (2 teaspoons), and salt. Toss together, then pour over the apples to evenly cover them.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown on top. Allow the apple crisp to cool for 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with (optional) vanilla bean ice cream or powdered sugar glaze.

Honey Cranberry & Apple Compote Yogurt Parfait

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Yogurt (Greek or regular)
  • 1/2 cup granola (of your preference)
  • 2 Apples, preferably Pink Lady or Fuji, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, warm up the extra virgin olive oil for 1 minute.
  2. Add in the chopped apples to cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the honey, ground cinnamon, orange zest, and a dash of salt (to taste). Cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the apples begin to turn slightly translucent.
  3. Add in the cranberries to cook for another 3-4 minutes, or just before they begin to burst. If needed, you can de-glaze the pan with 1 tablespoon of water.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat and allow the compote to cool completely.
  5. To assemble, add a layer of yogurt, a thin layer of granola, then a layer of the compote. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Serve immediately.

Oh, the places that apples and honey can take you! The possibilities are endless with this magical combination that keeps life simple while always ensuring those delightfully complex aromas and tasty flavors.

 


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