Have you ever had fried apples? I thought that I had tried just about every apple recipe known to man until I was on a visit West Virginia and learned about fried apples. Grandma Ruby, who was an incredible cook, she could put out a delicious spread big enough to feed an army in a matter of minutes, made them for me for the first time. I asked her how she made them and what I got was a list of ingredients, but no measurements. One of the things about her is that she never measured anything when she cooked, so it’s very difficult to duplicate any of her delicious dishes.
For years I tried to duplicate her fried apples recipe, without success. It wasn’t until another visit that I learned her secret. I closely watched over her shoulder and asked many questions. What I learned was that the secret was in the pan that she used. It was an old cast iron skillet, seasoned with lard. It’s amazing what a difference that seasoned pan makes.
If you don’t have a cast iron pan, I suggest that you get one they are a must have in the kitchen. Or you can use a regular skillet and wipe it down with some lard before you start to melt the butter. It’s not exactly the same but close enough.
Once the butter is melted add the apples, granny smith are the best for this recipe, then drizzle with a little lemon juice. Don’t get carried away with the lemon juice, to much and the fried apples won’t taste as good.
Fry the apples until they are soft, golden brown and have absorbed most of the butter. I found that the more golden brown that they are the better flavor they have.
Once the apples are done, turn down the heat and add your sugars. Toss the apples with the sugars and cook on med-low until the sugars are dissolved.
Plate the apples and sprinkle with cinnamon.
I like to eat them when they’re hot but they do taste pretty good cold. My favorite way to eat them is for breakfast with some homemade biscuits and as a side dish when I make pork chops. Really they taste amazing anytime of day, on ice cream is pretty good too.
- ¼ cup butter
- 4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & sliced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- In a skillet, over med high heat, melt butter.
- Add apple and drizzle with lemon juice.
- Fry apples until they are soft and the butter has been absorbed.
- Toss the apples with the sugars and continue cooking until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle cinnamon.
What is your favorite way to eat apples?