The Celebration of Apples Continues!

Week Two: Apples at Lunch and Dinner

Butternut Squash Soup with Cider Cream

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Yield: Serves 10


5 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 6 cups)
2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
1/2 cup chopped peeled carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried sage leaves
5 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup whipping cream


Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add squash, leeks, carrot and celery; sauté until slightly softened, about 15 minutes. Mix in apples, thyme and sage. Add stock and 1 cup cider and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until apples are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly.

Working in batches, purée soup in blender. Return soup to pan.

Bring soup to simmer. Mix in whipping cream. Ladle soup into bowls.

Bon Appétit | November 1998

Sage Rubbed Pork Chops and Apples


6 Boneless Pork Chops

Dried crumbled sage

Salt and Pepper

1 Tbs. Butter

3 Tbs. pure maple syrup

3 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/2 onion, diced

2 apples, peeled and chopped


Rub pork chops with sage and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Melt butter in skillet and saute pork chops. Meanwhile, cook apples in a little bit of butter until soft.  Add cinnamon and dash of nutmeg and serve on the side. Put a little oil in another pan and saute onions until soft. Add maple syrup, cider vinegar, and mustard to onions and simmer for a minute. Serve pork with sauce and apples.

Apple Sandwiches with Blue Cheese and Fig Preserves

Raisin nut bread

Blue cheese (brought almost to room temperature)

Fig preserves

Apple peeled and sliced very thinly

Saute apples in a little bit of butter until slightly soft. Spread blue cheese on one slice of bread and figs on other slice. Add apples to sandwich and place in a panini maker or cook in frying pan until golden. Serve immediately.

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