We’re Cooking: Sweet and Savory Stewed Apples


Apples and pork are a natural combination, sweet and savory flavors always marry well. We made these spiced, stewed apples to pair with our bacon wrapped pork tenderloin for Christmas Eve. I wanted them to have lots of flavor, but not necessarily the typical flavors we think of with baked apples like cinnamon and allspice. Instead I added a healthy punch of Garam Masala, an Indian spice blend that mixes some cinnamon into the blend, but also adds cumin, cardamom, ginger, mustard seed and other spices to give both savory notes with the natural sweetness of the apple. We used both sweet and tart apples as well, and a touch of bacon fat, to just take it over the flavor edge. Delicious with the pork, but would also be perfect to pair with a cheese course or even simply smashed a bit and spread on a warm baguette.


 Sweet and Savory Stewed Apples
1 large Pink Lady, Macintosh or Fuji apple, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 shallot, diced
1 strip of bacon, diced
2 teaspoons Garam Masala
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon each black pepper and salt
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons white wine

IMG_6343In a large sauce pot cook the bacon over medium heat until the fat has rendered out and the bacon is crisp.  Remove the bacon from the pan and let drain on a paper towel, set aside.  Add the shallots to the pot with the bacon fat and let cook until just softened, about 3 minutes.  Add the apples and white wine with the dried spices.  Stir to coat the spices on the apples and cook until most of the wine has cooked out.  Add the honey, lemon juice, cider, mustard and vinegar, along with the salt and pepper.  Cook until the apples are very soft and most of the liquid has cooked out.  Serve warm with the diced, crisp bacon on top.


  1. I will be making your savory apples on this rainy day in Droughtville. But will substitute pancetta for the bacon. Thanks for the creative twist on what Eve plucked and Adam bit.


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