|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: Serves 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 24g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This grilled apple dessert is perfect for fall or winter when apples are in season and you're ready for warm spices like cinnamon. It's also a great side for grilled pork, which goes so well with apples. You can serve it sliced over pie or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with warm caramel. It's comfort food at its best.
Start with an apple such as a Granny Smith, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp that will hold up better from grilling than a typical Red Delicious. But feel free to use whatever apples your tree is producing or you enjoy most from the farm stand. Choosing organically-grown apples and rinsing any apples before cooking will help reduce exposure to pesticide and fertilizer residues.
One challenge with grilling or baking apples is to get them nicely softened but not too soft. By slicing the apples rather than grilling halved apples you will be able to get them more uniformly cooked. Start with clean and lightly oiled grill grates. Or, use a grill rack that will keep them off the surface of the grill but still give them some nice grill marks.
Preheat the grill for medium heat.
Core the apples and cut them into slices that are 1/4-inch thick, but leave the peel intact.
Combine the water and lemon juice in a large bowl and add the apple slices. This soak will keep them from browning due to contact with the air rather than the grill.
In a small bowl combine the cinnamon, salt, and sugar and set it aside.
Place the apples on the grill rack and allow them to cook for 6 to 8 minutes on each side, turning once.
Once cooked, place the apples on a large dish and sprinkle them with the mixture of sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
For a side dish with pork, place a few slices on each plate or arrange them nicely for the guests to serve themselves. A sprig of mint is a lovely garnish.
For dessert, serve with your choice of ice cream or whipped cream. Top them with caramel sauce and chopped nuts for a decadent treat.
An apple a day is more than just a saying, apples are a healthy choice for a dessert or side dish. When you eat the peel you get twice as much fiber, 25 percent more potassium, and 40 percent more vitamin A.
If you'd prefer to modify the recipe and grill halved apples, the recipe remains the same but you would start grilling with the cut side down for 6 to 8 minutes, then flip them so the cut side is up. They may not cook as evenly, depending on the size of the apple.