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6 Unusually Delicious Ways to Use Apples

Is there anything more autumnally evocative than the apple? One of America's favorite fruits, apples are consumed in the U.S. by bushels-full every year. And while there's no substitute for the sensation of sinking your teeth into a sweet...

Is there anything more autumnally evocative than the apple? One of America's favorite fruits, apples are consumed in the U.S. by bushels-full every year. And while there's no substitute for the sensation of sinking your teeth into a sweet and juicy Empire or crisp, tart Granny Smith fresh off the branch, there are near-endless over ways to enjoy fall's bounty. Let's count down a few of our favorites.

Apples
Apples, apples everywhere.

1. Apple Rose Puffed Pastries

This visually stunning dessert isn't remarkable just because it's beautiful to behold, but also because you probably have everything you need to make it in your fridge, freezer and pantry at any given moment. And while they look like they emerged from the kitchen of an accomplished chef, all you really need is a high-quality knife to achieve a polished end result. For a particularly wow-worthy dessert, top with warm vanilla ice cream.

2. Apple Chips

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli takes seasonal snacking to all new levels thanks to a secret step in her apple chip recipe: overnight immersion in a simple syrup of water and sugar. Using a mandoline can help you achieve thin, consistent slices -- the key to the crispiest chips possible. The best part of this recipe? Its sole ingredients are water, sugar, lemons and, of course, apples.

3. Grilled Brie Sandwich with Apple and Red Onion Confit

This is not your grandmother's grilled cheese sandwich. While this recipe may be more laborious than the usual cheddar cheese-white bread concoction, you'll be glad you put in the effort. This is comfort food at its finest.

4. Baked Apple with Crisp Topping

When the perfect presentation matters, we challenge you to find something more impressive than this five-star recipe from the Food Network's Sunny Anderson. A winsome combination of baked apples and rich, brown sugary apple crisp, this is a wonderful way to impress brunch or dinner guests... with just 15 minutes of prep time.

5. Coleslaw with Apples and Poppy Seeds

This Paleo-friendly dish is chock-full of veggie goodness, including green cabbage, red cabbage, orange bell peppers, and not one but two different varieties of apples. An amazing accompaniment to anything from jerk chicken to a classic sandwich, this zesty slaw stays delightfully crunchy even after it's been in the fridge.

6. Ham, Cheddar and Apple Pizza

While the words "apple" and "pizza" may not often be uttered together, this recipe from Real Simple might just rock your world. It's not so far-fetched when you think about it: Cheddar, apple, and ham are a classic flavor profile. Layered onto pizza dough with a honey mustard topping, they add up to the ultimate finger-friendly fall food. Even better? It's sophisticated enough for adult palates and yet delicious enough for the younger appetites.

Apples
Can't you hear the oooohs and ahhhhhs?

While the usual suspects like apple pie, apple crisp, and apple stuffing might be go-tos for this time of year, apples are also surprisingly versatile. And if you love eating apples and are feeling particularly ambitious of apple this season, why not experiment with the many different ways to drink them, while you're at it?

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