How to Make the Most of Apple Season

By Lisa Freedman / Photography By Kathryn Brass-Piper | Last Updated September 20, 2014

Wondering what to do with all the spoils from a recent apple-picking adventure? Try these apple recipes.

As if apple lovers needed another reason to go apple-picking this fall, here’s one more: The average supermarket variety is actually several months old, according to many reports. To make sure you select the freshest fruits—off the tree, at the farmers’ market or even from the supermarket—look for ones without discoloration or soft spots. Once home, store apples in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer (not a fruit bowl on the counter), separate from ethylene-sensitive fruits and vegetables, like strawberries and asparagus, as the gas from apples can cause the other produce to ripen and rot. Then use your bounty in these unique recipes.

Roasted Sausage and Apples with Apple Cider Reduction, Polenta and Sautéed Greens

Roasted Sausage, Roast Apples, Polenta and Sauteed Greens
Delicious roasts are invaluable for imparting flavor, warming the house and luring us to the dinner table with their aromas. This one-dish meal will serve you well on a cold winter night.

Door County Cherry and Apple Salad

The Cookery Restaurant, Fish Creek

Apple, Brie and Pecan Turnovers

Apple, Brie and Pecan Turnovers
These sweet and savory turnovers will taste great by themselves, or with a dollop of whipped cream on top. If you can't find Cortland or Granny Smith apples, any firm apple will do.

Salty Caramel Apple Cake

Perfect with a pot of tea and a good friend or a fat novel on a foggy, drizzly day. Use cooking apples if you can get them, ideally Bramleys or Gravensteins. Otherwise experiment with your favourite...

Salad with Glazed Apples and Goat Cheese

I love making salads with a warm ingredient in them, particularly when there is cheese. This is one of my variations on the classic warm goat cheese salad. When you toss the salad, the cheese melts a...

Fennel-Apple Soup

Apples are my secret ingredient for vegetable-based soups, where they bring brightness and sweet levity to otherwise earthy concoctions. (Pears work too, but hey, February is BC’s apple month, not...

Apple and Fig Stuffed Porchetta Sandwiches

Apple and Fig Stuffed Porchetta Sandwiches
This is a dish for a crowd. If possible, source your pork from a ranch or butcher that deals with pasture-raised pigs. The quality of the meat will not go unnoticed in this rustic preparation. It’s...

Seasonal Recipe: Sautéed Apples

This is a dessert that has the best part of apple pie—the filling. It’s simple, easy to make and with the addition of Grandma Tommie’s Apple Pie Liqueur by Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, it’s...

Apple Crisp with Pecans & Orange

Since apple season and the pecan harvest coincide, combine the two ingredients in a cinnamon-accented crisp. It smells heavenly while it bakes.