Harvest Applesauce

Fall is the season of pumpkins and apples. It inspires you to create yummy dishes that highlight the harvest. I invited my friend Sarah Mould to come over and make one of her kids’ favorite fall dishes. Sarah is very creative in the kitchen and we always have so much fun cooking together. Invite a friend over this holiday season to cook together, maybe your Thanksgiving pies or Christmas cookies. Not only will you be able to whip out your to do list in the kitchen, but you can have fun laughing, sharing a bite or drink together and you will walk away full of life and joy.

Insipred by the Barefoot Contessa Ina Gartner’s Applesauce, here is Sarah’s Harvest Applesauce. This dish is a not only delicious, it is beautiful as a centerpiece for any special meal.

 Harvest Applesauce

Gather your apples, the best is a mixture of sweet and sour apples such as Honey Crisp, Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Acane and Gala.

 Harvest Applesauce

An assortment of pumpkins in different sizes. You can use mini pumpkins, sugar pie pumkins or little gourds.

 Harvest Applesauce

Wash, peel and slice your apples into a large Dutch oven.

 Harvest Applesauce

It takes time to peel and slice, but it is totally worth it!

 Harvest Applesauce

Squeeze your oranges and the lemon into the pot.  Use the zest of the fruit to elevate the citrus components. Sugar and spice makes everything nice- it all goes into the pot. Top it off with the sliced butter. Throw it in the oven and let it cook for 2 hours.

 Harvest Applesauce

While the applesauce is cooking, prep your pumpkins. First, slice the tops off your pumpkins.

 Harvest Applesauce

Next, scoop out all those seeds….

 Harvest Applesauce

Rub the insides of the pumpkins with butter, lots and lots of butter.

 Harvest Applesauce

Sprinkle in the spices either savory, sweet or spicy (chipotle). Lots and lots of spice! After the Applesauce has cooked 2 hours, remove the Dutch oven and fill the pumpkins with the applesauce.

 Harvest Applesauce

Place the lids on the pumpkins an pop back in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.

 Harvest Applesauce

This beautiful dish perfect for any tablescape. To top it it off – it tastes divine! Our personal favorite is the chipotle spiced pumpkin.

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Harvest Applesauce
A spicy rich applesauce perfect for your Thanksgiving or other Fall and Winter holiday gathering.
Ingredients
  • 2 oranges, zested and juiced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 pounds apples, mix of sweet and tart
  • 1/2 cup, plus more for pumpkins light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus one pat per pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus more for pumpkins
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chipotle spice blend
  • 3 to 4 tiny to small pumpkins
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel, core and slice apples into a large Dutch oven. Sprinkle zest and pour juices over all the apples. Add brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon allspice and mix together with the apples. Top with 4 pats of butter, 1 tablespoon each. Place in preheated oven and bake for 2 hours. Meanwhile, slice tops of pumpkins off and scrape out the seeds. For each pumpkin add 1 pat of butter and rub all over the insides. Place on a baking sheet. Choose sweet, savory or spicy per pumpkin and spice liberally.Sweet: brown sugar and cinnamon
Savory: salt and pepper
Spicy: Chipotle spice blend, salt and pepper
After 2 hours of baking, take the apples out and fill each pumpkin with the cooked applesauce. Place the lids on the pumpkins and bake again in the oven for 1 and 1/2 more hours.
Details

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8-10 servings

 Harvest Applesauce

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