Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce Lo Res-3Fresh, homemade applesauce – simple, sweet, slightly savory, and oh so good! Homemade applesauce is one of those recipes that you make for the first time and say, “why haven’t I been doing this my whole life?”  Growing up, I was never a fan of applesauce.  The store-bought sauce never appealed to me, and I never thought about making it myself.  Until now.

Last night, I roasted gold baby beets and french baby carrots, and I pan-seared pork-chops for dinner.  As I was prepping the ingredients for the meal, I thought about how I was going to serve the pork chops. I often come up with something fun on-the-fly because that’s how I roll – creating a recipe on-the-spot is exciting and a great challenge.  I knew I’d have about a half an hour as I roasted my yummy baby root vegetables, so what could I do that was quick and easy and that would compliment the pork chops nicely.  Apples – all spice – sugar – YES!  Applesauce.

Applesauce Lo Res Applesauce Lo Res-2Never have I ever made applesauce, and because I love a challenge, I quickly pulled ingredients out of the fridge.  Keeping in mind that I am cooking for two of us, I pulled out two apples and chopped them into 3 inch chunks.  I added them to my food processor and ground them into tiny bits and squeezed half a lemon into the ground apples.  I transferred the ground apples to a saucepan and added 1/3 cup of water and brought the mixture to a boil and added a 1/2 tsp of Allspice, 1 tbs of brown sugar, and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar.  I allowed a slow boil for about 10 minutes (stirring occasionally) and then covered and reduced to a low simmer for 15 minutes (stirring every 5 minutes).  The result was a sweet and slightly savory (due to the Allspice) applesauce that tasted great with the pork chops. I even used some of it to create a separate port sauce with the pan juices to serve on top of the pork chops.

Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 2 large apples (I used honey crisp)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Slice two large apples into 2 inch thick slices and add to food processor
  2. Squeeze half a lemon over the chopped apples
  3. Grind the apples in food processor
  4. Transfer the ground apples into a saucepan and add 1/3 cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil
  5. Add 1/2 tsp Allspice, 1 tbs brown sugar, and 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and stir
  6. Allow the mixture to slow boil for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally
  7. After about 10 minutes, reduce heat to low and cover and simmer for 15 minutes - stir once every 5 minutes.
  8. After the 15 minutes, your applesauce is ready to serve.
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