The kids are back at school, the weather is getting cooler, and while the calendar doesn’t officially say it’s fall yet, one of everyone’s favorite fall foods – the apple – is in season. Of course you can eat your apples as is or turn them into apple pie, apple crisp, or applesauce, but with the abundance of apples available, you might want to try some new apple recipes. Here are five that stood out as I was searching for some new ways to prepare apples.

  • Roasted Apples, Brie, and Pecan Panini – You don’t have to have a Panini press for this sandwich (which is made on cinnamon raisn bread) – you could make it like a grilled cheese if you don’t.
  • Sneaky Green Apple Fruit Leather – It’s like a homemade fruit rollup type of snack, but made with all natural ingredients. The sneaky part? It’s spinach that makes them green.
  • Tipsy Ricotta Apple Noodle Kugel – You could take several days to make this because it calls for homemade ricotta and homemade noodles, but you can buy those already made and create this sweet and savory side dish much more quickly. Using gluten-free noodles will make this entire dish gluten free.
  • Baked Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts, Apples & Gorgonzola – Grab some Brussels sprouts that are in season now, too, from the farmers market when you get your apples, and whip up this perfect fall pasta casserole.
  • Kristy’s Cold Weather Cocktail – Usually when you find a cocktail with apple flavor, it uses apple cider, but this cocktail uses muddled fresh apples and ginger. It looks perfect for the upcoming holidays, but you’ll probably want to test it out early in the fall to make sure you want to put it on your holiday menu.
What is your favorite way to add apples to your menu?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 recipes for apples
Hit the orchard for an afternoon of apple picking this fall, then get creative with your bounty.