Tonight I had planned on making pizza, but life intervened and I ended up with less prep time than I’d planned. Given that I had good chicken bratwurst, red and green cabbage, onions, and some wide whole-wheat Amish noodles, I decided to go with a German-inspired meal. I was going to serve it with traditional baked apples. I thinly sliced the onions and cabbage. Then I sauteed the onion until it started to caramelize. I pulled it out and sauteed the bratwurst in some brandy in the same pan. Then I cooked the noodles al dente and tossed them in a smidgen of butter. I was about to saute the cabbage in the bratwurst liquid and then pull everything together, with the noodles in the bottom of each bowl and then the cabbage mixed with onion and the brats on top–when I saw the four apples I’d gotten out. I’d pictured them with cinnamon, slowly baked, but that wasn’t going to work now.
I quickly quartered, cored, and peeled the apples. I tossed them first with a pinch each of cinnamon and ginger. Okay, I used more than a pinch of ginger, maybe a whole teaspoon (or more?), but I decided that’s too much. I also sprinkled on a little salt. I added about a half inch of water in the bottom of the little casserole dish. Then I popped the spiced apples in the microwave for 4 minutes on high. Humph. They tasted good, but they looked microwaved. I was going to reach for brown sugar, when I decided something savory would be better. I decided to toss them with honey and a sharp mustard, about a tablespoon or two total. Then I popped them in the toaster oven for 10 minutes at 375-400 degrees F while I finished cooking the main dish.
The apples weren’t photo-worthy, but they were golden brown (all that mustard!), tangy and sweet and spicy. They worked really well with the rest of the meal. They’d be good this way with a pork roast (if we ate pork roast). My husband spooned out the leftover sauce from the apples and added it to his cabbage, onion, brat, and noodles mix.
- 4 apples, quartered, peeled, and cored
- pinch of ginger
- pinch of cinnamon
- sprinkle of salt
- splash of water
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 tablespoon mustard
Put the apples in a small glass casserole dish with the cinnamon, ginger, salt, and water and microwave on high for 4 minutes. Add the honey and mustard and bake at 375-400 degrees F for 5-10 minutes, until the apples are bubbly. Serve. Enjoy.
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