Apple Recipes for When You Go Overboard at the Orchard

By: Alyse Whitney

'Tis the season for apple picking — and overpicking bushels of apples that you don't know what to do with. When you're up to your eyes in fruit and can't possibly eat another classic pie, turn to other harvest desserts and savory dishes to use up your fall bounty.

Get five of our favorite recipes below, including a few that can be doubled and stored for apple goodness year-'round.

You probably have the nine ingredients for this quick caramel sauce in your kitchen already. After the initial dip, roll them in nuts, sprinkles, candy or even shredded coconut. They freeze well, so you can eat them whenever you get a craving.

10 Minute Apple Sauce

10 Minute Apple Sauce

Food Network's !0 Minute Apple Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved

Alton Brown's applesauce recipe takes only 10 minutes, and you can double or triple or quadruple the recipe depending on how HAM you went at the orchard. Remember to leave the alcohol out of the kids' batches, though.

This fennel-spiked roast cooks all day, but it's a "set it and forget it" situation. Just as with the applesauce, you can make a big batch of Rachael Ray's spicy apple chutney recipe — which is sweet and spicy from maple syrup and Fresno chiles — and can the rest to save for winter and beyond.

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Can't decide between sweet and savory? Have both. Shredded cheddar fortifies the buttery crust, adding a salty bite to balance out all those apples.

This soup-and-sandwich lunch has apples across the board. The potato, parsnip and celery root soup gets a hit of apple, and then apple butter and mustard combine in the grilled bacon and cheese panini.

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