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Yummy Baked Beans

Yummy Baked Beans

Yummy Baked Beans is an old family favorite. It has been baked and served in our family since I was a little girl. And it’s still one of my favorite side dishes! Sweet and saucy with thick pieces of bacon. It will make your mouth 

Roast Beef and Noodles

Roast Beef and Noodles

Roast Beef and Noodles is a favorite dish I like to make in the fall and winter. There are few things better than to walk in from the cold to the savory scent of roast beef cooking on the stove. I love Dutch Oven Cooking, and 

Fried Apples

Fried Apples

Fried Apples are so delicious! Tender and juicy, coated with a sweet buttery filling that just screams Comfort Food! No need to wait for your next trip to Cracker Barrel. Make some tonight! Click to Tweet

(Recipe Slightly Modified on 9/21/21)

Fried Apples are so delicious! The first time I tried them was with our oldest daughter at a Cracker Barrel in Topeka, Kansas. We had just been on a college visit to K-State and were returning home. It was an autumn day and cold. Comfort food sounded good. It was a fun mother and daughter time.

Country Chuckwagon Dinner Ideas - Fried Apples

This recipe reminds me of that day. Good memories. 

 

Fried Apples are Comfort Food

But what are fried apples? Are they a side dish? A salad? Or dessert? At Cracker Barrel, they are listed under side dishes.

And why are they called fried? You don’t fry them. They are simmered in juice.

Well, never mind all of that. They are simply comfort food. And that’s all you need to know.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make This Recipe

  • apple juice
  • Fuji apples (4 large apples)
  • cornstarch
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • allspice
  • butter
  • fresh nutmeg (for topping)

 

Instructions for Making this Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Slice and core the apples. I like to leave the peel for added color and nutrition.

Placing Sliced Apples and Apple Juice in the Skillet

In a medium skillet, combine 1 1/3 cups apple juice and the sliced apples.

If desired, you may substitute apple cider for the apple juice, which would give the apples even more flavor. Fresh apple cider would be even better! 

Simmer on medium-low heat until the apples are fork tender but not mushy, stirring frequently, about 15-18 minutes. Remove apples from juice and place in oven safe bowl to keep warm.

Making the Sauce

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the remaining 1/3 cups apple juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and allspice. Whisk together until smooth.

Adding Butter to the Thickened Sauce

Stir this mixture into the hot apple juice and cook in skillet, stirring constantly to a rolling boil until smooth and thickened. Add butter and stir in until melted.

Adding the Sauce to the Cooked Apples

Pour sauce over apples and serve warm. If desired, sprinkle fresh nutmeg over each serving. This recipe will serve 4-6 people.

 

What Kind of Apples?

When choosing what kind of apple to use, you want a variety that is firm and will hold together. Not one that will turn mushy when cooked. For this recipe, I used Fuji. It’s a good apple for baking and is sweet and juicy. You could also go with Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, or maybe even a Jonathan. Or mix it up and do half sweet and half tart, like Granny Smith.

Serving Fried Apples for Dessert or Side Dish

I like making Fried Apples in my cast iron skillet. Because of that, they also remind me of something a cowboy might eat, so you could also call it chuck wagon food!

Which is exactly what I did one year when I invited our family and church over for a Country Chuck Wagon Dinner.

See more Dessert Recipes or Side Dishes Here. View Apple Recipes Here.

 

Recipe for Fried Apples

Fried Apples

Here's a recipe that reminds me of apples served at Cracker Barrel. Enjoy!
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Course: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cast Iron Cooking, Cracker Barrel, Fruits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

Equipment

Knife Set
Glass Mixing Bowls
Cast Iron Skillet
Stainless Wire Whisk

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Fuji apples cored and sliced
  • 1 2/3 cups apple juice divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • nutmeg freshly grated for serving

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
  • Slice and core the apples. I like to leave the peel on for added color and vitamins.
  • In a medium skillet, combine 1 1/3 cups apple juice and the sliced apples. Cook on medium-low heat until the apples are fork tender but not mushy, stirring frequently, about 15-18 minutes. Remove apples from juice and place in a glass bowl or serving dish.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/3 cups apple juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and allspice. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Stir this mixture into the hot apple juice and cook in skillet on medium-high heat, stirring constantly to a rolling boil until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat.
  • Add butter and stir in until melted. Pour sauce over apples and serve warm. If desired, sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg over each serving. Serves 4-6.

Notes

*Unless otherwise indicated, all butter on this recipe site is salted.

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 243IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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Baked Baby Back Pork Ribs

Baked Baby Back Pork Ribs

These Baked Baby Back Pork Ribs are perfect for when you have a hankering for ribs, but you don’t feel like getting out the grill. They are easy to make. And so delicious. The rub is savory and spicy, with just a little bit of 

Steak and Pinto Beans

Steak and Pinto Beans

(This post was modified with new pictures on 10/20/21) I’ve been making Steak and Pinto Beans since my husband and I first married. It’s one of our family favorites. There’s really nothing fancy about this dish. It’s quick and simple, yet makes a satisfying meal 

Kenny’s Cowboy Beans

Kenny’s Cowboy Beans

Kenny’s Cowboy Beans is a recipe my oldest brother concocted, which turned out fabulous. My favorite go-to recipe when I want a batch of cowboy beans. Click to Tweet

My brothers are both good cooks. Kenny’s Cowboy Beans is a recipe my oldest brother concocted, which turned out fabulous. My favorite go-to recipe when I want a batch of cowboy beans.

Ingredients For Kenny’s Cowboy Beans

  • canned kidney beans
  • canned pinto beans
  • diced ham (or if you happen to be cooking brisket, you could add in bits of beef)
  • onion
  • green pepper
  • chilies or jalapenos
  • brown sugar
  • honey barbecue sauce (We like Sweet Baby Rays)
  • ketchup
  • beef broth
  • yellow mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • mustard seed
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Preparing the Beans

Preparing the beans is very easy. In a large baking dish combine all of your ingredients and mix well. Bake uncovered for 2-3 hours in a 225 degree oven until the beans are thick and bubbly. You may wish to add more broth, depending on your desired consistency.

If you really want to go the extra mile, use dried beans in place of the canned. Of course, you’d have to add in the extra time it takes for them to soak. But it would be delicious.

When it comes to adding the meat, my brother usually uses half ham and half brisket. But he raises cattle, so of course, he’s going to use beef. You could also add sliced Kielbasa to this dish for a great one-pot meal. Yum!

An Authentic Pot of Beans

For those of you who want to turn this dish into an authentic pot of beans, get out your aluminum or cast iron dutch oven–the kind you can put over hot coals, and cook your beans outside under the moon and stars.

This dish is perfect for a Country Chuckwagon Dinner. Or serve Kenny’s Cowboy Beans with your favorite smoked brisket, Sirloin Steak, or Baby Back Ribs.

See more Chuckwagon Dinner Ideas Here.

Recipe for Kenny's Cowboy Beans

Kenny's Cowboy Beans

My brothers are both good cooks. Here is a recipe my oldest brother concocted, which turned out fabulous. My favorite go-to recipe when I want a pot of cowboy beans. Enjoy!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Dishes, Beans, Chuckwagon Dinners
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Bakeware Set
Potholders
Camp Dutch Oven
Camp Oven Lid Lifter

Ingredients

  • 31 oz red kidney beans drained
  • 31 oz pinto beans drained
  • 1 1/2 cups diced ham or even better, pieces of leftover brisket
  • 1/2 large onion minced
  • 1/2 large green pepper chopped
  • 4 oz chopped chilies or 2-3 diced jalapenos (depending on your taste for hot and spicy)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey barbecue sauce We like Sweet Baby Rays
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/8 cup yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In large baking dish sprayed with baking spray, combine all ingredients and mix well. Bake uncovered for 2-3 hours at 225 degrees, adding more broth if needed. Serves 12-15.

Notes

*Add 10 oz. sliced Kielbasa to this dish for a great one-pot meal.
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Country Biscuits

Country Biscuits

Once you try this recipe for Country Biscuits, you may never go back to store bought canned or frozen. All three of our daughters have made these biscuits for the county fair and received purple ribbons. Not only do we enjoy this biscuits at home,