We love a fresh-baked apple pie as much as the next person, but if you ask us, too many fruits get typecast as dessert. Many fall seasonal fruits can play a delicious role in any course. Cooking with fruit is an easy way to add some sweet and savory intrigue into dinner. Below are three easy ways to use fall fruits in savory foods.
The Best Seasonal Fall Fruits to Cook With
Stewing apple with lemon and simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water) creates a jammy consistency.
2 granny smith apples, cored and small diced
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp water
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Try with: light meats, like this roasted turkey breast with farro and endive
Stewed until thick, citrus zest balances the cranberries’ tart juice with fruity oils. Add cardamom and nutmeg for spice.
4 oz fresh cranberries
2 Tbsps sugar
1/4 cup water
Juice and zest of 1 navel orange
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 whole cardamom pod (optional)
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg (optional)
Try with: soft cheese or these seared pork chops Brussels sprouts and grains
The magic happens off the heat: boil the sugar and liquids, then pour into a heatproof container of grapes.
2 oz seedless red grapes, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsps water
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Try with: mild fish, like this pan-seared cod with pickled grapes and succotash
Can’t get enough fall fruit? Make a dessert. Try baking these easy fall-friendly apple pie bars.