This post is sponsored by my friends at Minerva Dairy, but all opinions expressed are my own – just as always. Thanks for supporting the brands that support me and my family.
You might remember these from your last trip to Cracker Barrel or your other favorite local diner or breakfast spot.
Tart and tangy apples are skillet cooked in a mixture of real butter and brown sugar that is flavored with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The result is tender, luscious apples and a sweet and sticky caramel sauce that’s perfect when poured over nearly anything or eaten all by itself.
What kind of apples should I use?
I highly recommend using Granny Smith apples in this recipe. They are tart and firm and stand up well to the heat. That said, I do love Honeycrisp apples and have used them in fried apples as well. Regardless, you should pick an apple that is firm, tart, and holds its shape when cooked. You could try Braeburn, Pink Lady, or Evercrisp as well.
It’s been my experience that everyone’s idea of how soft the apples should be varies pretty wildly. Some folks want the apples to maintain their shape and just soften a bit. Other’s want them right near mushy. Regardless, you can achieve either texture based solely on the cook time. Cook them less for firmer apples or longer for softer apples. Cooking them even further down makes them the perfect filling for fried apple pies. I’m just saying. 🙂
For this recipe, I opted to use Minerva Dairy unsalted butter. I love the fact that Minerva Dairy is a family-owned company and that all their products are made in the U.S. from pasture-raised cow milk. With 6 generations of butter makers, Minerva is America’s oldest family-owned creamery. The quality is top-notch and it’s one of my favorite butters to use.
Regardless of how you serve them, these Southern Fried Apples are sure to be a hit with the family! Y’all enjoy!
Southern Fried Apples
- 4 Granny Smith Apples
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples - about 1/4-inch slices.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and melt. Add the apples and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir to coat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the apples until tender to your liking- stirring frequently.
If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.