apple cider

  1. 6 Creatively Delicious Uses for Apple Cider

    6 Creatively Delicious Uses for Apple Cider

    'Tis the season for apple cider. This rich, distinctive beverage is a perfect way to warm both body and soul during chilly fall and winter days. But if you think apple cider is just for drinking, you're missing out...

    'Tis the season for apple cider. This rich, distinctive beverage is a perfect way to warm both body and soul during chilly fall and winter days. But if you think apple cider is just for drinking, you're missing out on some wonderful ways to enjoy this sweet, seasonal treat. Let's count down six recipes which think outside the carton to incorporate festive apple cider flavor into some of your soon-to-be-favorite foods.

    Apple cider
    Not just for sipping.

    1. Cider Syrup

    While maple may garner the syrup spotlight, apple cider syrup is an equally delicious treat. Simply boil a mixture of apple cider, light brown sugar, unsalted butter and cider vinegar and voila: the perfect complement to everything from waffles to French toast.

    Our pick for the quintessential perfect pairing? Martha Stewart's sumptuous pumpkin pancakes.

    2. Apple Cider Donuts

    Perhaps the end-all be-all of donut deliciousness is the apple cider donut. This New York Times recipe starts with a cup of apple cider and builds in all of the spices you expect from this perennial fall favorite.

    One tip? An electric mixer makes short work of blending ingredients. In just 40 minutes, you'll have melt-in-your-mouth, homemade donuts.

    We can't think of a better reason to invest in a deep fryer.

    3. Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Cinnamon Pecan Oat Crumble

    While this is no four-ingredient recipe, it's also not nearly as laborious as its name suggests. But even if it was, it'd be well worth it. Hearty but not heavy, and packed with healthy ingredients like oats, pecans, and everyone's favorite, Honeycrisp apples, this one's a guaranteed people pleaser and perfect for a warming lunch or light dinner on a cool winter's day.

    4. Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

    While this Cooking Light recipe sounds and tastes decadent, it's actually surprisingly healthy. The best part? This meal-in-minutes is not only easy to make, by most items can be plucked straight from the pantry or fridge making it the perfect dinner for drop-in guests or the impromptu dinner party.

    5. Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread With Apple Cider Glaze

    We dare you to look at the pictures and not want to dig right in. While many home chefs are hesitant about baking with yeast, this Lovely Little Kitchen recipe provides a simple, step-by-step primer that removes the mystery from the equation. We declare this to be the perfect Christmas morning meal -- or indulgent treat any other day of the year.

    Apple cider
    Delightful dippers.

    6. Apple Cider Caramels

    These miniature masterpieces deliver all of the tart-sweet flavor of apple pie in one perfect bite. Which the candy making process takes some time and attention, the ingredient list is surprisingly short. These goodies keep for up to two weeks and make the perfect holiday food gift...or treat to keep all of yourself.

    The secret weapon for cutting these soft, gooey caramels into perfect squares? A pizza wheel.

    From apple cider vinaigrette to apple cider braised pork, there are near-endless sweet and savory ways to cook with apple cider. To get started on your own apple cider cooking adventures, browse Cilantro The Cooks Shop selection of cookware, bakeware and ovenware today.

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  2. Irish Dinner - Corned Beef and Cabbage with a secret ingredient

    Irish Dinner - Corned Beef and Cabbage with a secret ingredient

    St Patricks Day Date Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!  This is my new favorite version of the classic Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I recently discovered this recipe and have become a fan of the apple...

    St Patricks Day Date
    St Patricks Day Date

    Everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!  This is my new favorite version of the classic Corned Beef and Cabbage.  I recently discovered this recipe and have become a fan of the apple juice combined with the slow cooking process. In my youth, I only knew this as “boiled dinner” and the flavors were too bland for my taste. I promise this simple apple juice along with the onions and garlic will make a big flavor difference.

    Corned Beef and Cabbage
    Corned Beef and Cabbage

     Corned Beef and Cabbage:

    Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

    Overall cooking time about 2.5 – 3.5 hours.

     Ingredients

    • 2 ½ - 3 ½ pounds of Corned Beef brisket with the spice package included.  Any brand will work.
    • 2 – 3 yellow onions, sliced
    • 1 head whole head of garlic, minced
    • 2 cups of apple cider or apple juice
    • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 pound of carrots, peeled and chopped in to 3” sticks
    • 1 head of green cabbage, cut in half, cored and then sliced into large shreds

     Directions

    1. Place rinsed Corned Beef brisket on top of 2 - 3 sliced onions and the crushed garlic.
    2. Add Seasoning Packet to the top of the brisket.
    3. Add the apple cider or apple juice to the bottom of the pan. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar (a few tablespoons).
    4. Cover tightly.  Bake for 1 .5 hours.
    5. After 1.5 hours, add carrots and cabbage to the meat.  Continue to cook another 1.5 – 2 hours.
    6. Overall Cooking time estimated at 2.5 - 3.5 hours always covered @ 350 degrees until Brisket is fork tender.

    This takes longer to cook than expected, but the meat was wonderfully tender and delicious!

    Prepare some buttered/herbed potatoes or simple mashed potatoes on the side as the Dutch Oven will be crowded.

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