Fried Apples (Made from applesauce!)

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Do you love to order fried apples at restaurants? I love them just about any way I can get them (click here for my fried apples recipe) but recently I had this fun idea…Okay so I get a lot of fun ideas and it’s probably for the best that I immediately dismiss most of them but this one was too good to pass up.

What if you got store bought applesauce and seasoned it to taste like fried apples?

All the flavor of fried apples made entirely out of ingredients you can keep on hand that won’t go bad like fresh apples do, and no peeling, coring, or chopping!

I spent an afternoon playing in the kitchen and my husband (who does not like applesauce) took one bite and ate a whole bowl. He kept saying “Oh man! This does taste like fried apples!”. Oh ye of little faith – I told him that was what it tasted like!

Fried apples are usually served as a side dish but some folks save them to eat last as a dessert. I’m showing them here with breakfast, which we had for supper one night (I love breakfast for supper!) but they are also great served with pork chops, chicken, steak, etc.

Here is my simple recipe, full of spices and flavorings of fried apples without the fuss or time involved. It’s just a matter of mixing it all together and letting it simmer, so with very little work you can have a deliciously spiced side in no time at all. And nope, it’s not the same thing as apple butter – but if you want my apple butter recipe click here 🙂

I’m loaded for bear today! Let’s get to cooking!

You’ll need: unsweetened applesauce*, Ginger, Cinnamon, Allspice, Cloves, butter, and dark brown sugar.

*You can use sweetened applesauce if that is what you have but you’ll need to taste it a few times to get the sweetness right. I’d start by not adding sugar and then tasting it after cooking a few minutes. I prefer to get unsweetened so I can add that brown sugar flavor to it and sweeten according to my taste.

Place everything in a large skillet and put over medium heat, stirring well to combine.

Continue stirring as the butter melts and the brown sugar breaks up. 

Once mixture begins to bubble, reduce temperature to low.

At this point, carefully taste and add 1/4 cup more brown sugar, if desired.

Stir occasionally, about ten minutes, or until thickened.

I’m serving mine this time with bacon, fried eggs (cooked in bacon grease, YUM), and biscuits.

What are we drinking? Tea, of course! The table wine of the South!

This Fried Apple Applesauce keeps well in the refrigerator and is good hot or cold.


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  1. One of my favorite quick meals is hot cornbread with butter and applesauce or fried apples on the side. This recipe would be wonderful with it!

  2. When I was growing up we always saved bacon fat.
    My mom used it for trying eggs ,potatoes, hash, ect
    I use it in msny things also.

    Im from Barre, Vermont

  3. I’ve been using this shortcut for years and no one ever knew! lol However, I use chunky applesauce for mine. I usually try to double it up and use any leftovers for fried pies. It also makes a good pie filling if you’re short on time and need a quick apple pie! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Just made the Fried Apples! Oh my gosh!!!!! This is delicious! Made the whole house smell like a cool fall day! Thank you Christy for such a great recipe! Love your blogs!

  5. This is wonderful!!! Super simple, so delicious, spooned it over waffles, bacon on the side. ~Satisfied sigh~ 🙂

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