Monday, April 13, 2009

Savory Baked Apple

A good side dish to go with rice and greens, this also makes a decent fake chutney for those of us who can't do citrus. There's a similar recipe in Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmoms. Hers calls for half the amount of sauce poured over a whole apple. This is my take on it:

2 large or 3 medium apples, preferably something like a Granny Smith, cut up into chunks. Put aside.

Mix the following in a baking dish (using a wire whisk helps): 

4 T. honey
2 t. gluten free Dijon-style mustard (but plain will do in a pinch)
1/4 C. + 2 T. (6 T.) water

Add the apples and mix it all together. Bake at 400F for about a half hour. Give it a stir after 15 - 20 min. How mushy you want to cook the apples is partly a matter of taste, but I like  it when the sauce gets frothy and the apples have cooked down into very soft chunks. This does sort of stick to the baking dish (make sure it's not your turn to wash the dishes). But the apples sure do perk up an otherwise boring dinner. 

Someone told me that she uses this filling in rice-based spring roll wrappers. She makes little rolls and deep fries them to make apple tart-like things. I've never tried it, but thought I'd pass along the suggestion.

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