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TIP OF THE DAY: Versatile Sautéed Apples

Sauteed apples: simple to make for every
meal. Photo by Martia Punts | Dreamstime.
  Sauteed apples couldn’t be easier to make—just brown them in butter. They add a lift to any meal:

  • Breakfast: As a topping for pancakes, waffles or porridge
  • Lunch: For “apple pie yogurt,” with plain or flavored yogurt and optional granola, nuts and/or seeds
  • Dinner: As a side with roast chicken, ham or pork chops
  • Snack or Dessert: As a topping for ice cream or frozen yogurt, or with a dab of whipped cream.

    Also consider adding diced apples to a sautéed Brussels sprouts recipe. The two flavors and textures are very complementary.



  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 Granny Smith or other baking apples, peeled, cored, and cut* into thick slices or dice†
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Optional: 1/4 cup dried cherries, cranberries, raisins or sultanas (or combination)
    *Toss sliced apples with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

    †Slices are more elegant for side dishes, dice are easier to toss yogurt and ice cream.



    1. MELT butter in a large nonstick skillet; do not brown.

    2. ADD apples. Cook over medium high heat for 5 minutes or until the apples soften and are just beginning to change color. Stir often. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and dried fruit.

    3. ADD the sugar and continue cooking, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until the apples begin to caramelize at the edges.


    If serving as a side with meats, you can:

  • Substitute olive oil for the butter
  • Season with a dash of salt and pepper
  • Add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar to Step 2 above
    Make “apple pie” yogurt. Photo courtesy Stix Mediterranean Grill | New York City.

    We like the recipe as is. But if you think you’d like a thicker sauce:

    1. COMBINE 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Prior to adding spices and sugar, stir into the apples.

    2. ADD spices and sugar and bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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