3 Things to Make With…Apple Cider
Is there any one flavor that epitomizes autumn like the sweet, wholesome taste of apples? Now, we’re a big believer in the whole “apple a day” thing; our fridge is generally never without a bag of whole ones. But even though we eat them year-round, there’s still something special about savoring them in the fall, particularly when they’re warm and given a dash of good spice.
A chilly evening near a fire with a warm mug of hot apple cider? Of course. But there are lots of way to bring the delicious taste of apples into your kitchen this time of year. And while the recipes here can all be made with apple juice, they become extraordinary with a good quality cider. (What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider? Apple juice is filtered and pasteurized, while cider retains more apple particles and thus, more flavor.)
Apples and pork are, of course, a classic pairing. Here, a long soak in the slow cooker means the cider-based broth is infused with the rich flavor of the meat.
Apples and salmon, however — now that’s not a pairing that immediately comes to mind. Yet marinating the hearty salmon in a cider brine yields unexpectedly tender, flavorful fish. It’s up to you whether you want to grill some apples, too, on the side, but that little extra effort is definitely worth it.
About 10 minutes is all it takes to make this warm cider sauce, spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon — a fantastic alternative to maple syrup and a great seasonal treat!
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