Fresh, 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.
Never 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.
- 2 large apples (I used honey crisp)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 tsp Allspice
- 1 tbs brown sugar
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Slice two large apples into 2 inch thick slices and add to food processor
- Squeeze half a lemon over the chopped apples
- Grind the apples in food processor
- Transfer the ground apples into a saucepan and add 1/3 cup of water and bring the mixture to a boil
- Add 1/2 tsp Allspice, 1 tbs brown sugar, and 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and stir
- Allow the mixture to slow boil for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally
- After about 10 minutes, reduce heat to low and cover and simmer for 15 minutes - stir once every 5 minutes.
- After the 15 minutes, your applesauce is ready to serve.