I make caramelized apples as a side dish to pork or chicken. It is also an easy topping for ice cream. My kids love them and they are soooo easy!
Whenever I am getting ready for a tailgate, barbecue or dinner and know I will inevitably be running crazy, I prefer to do any prep work before I actually need to start cooking. A friend shared this tip with me one day when I was making a huge batch of Chicken Salad, which required diced apples. Whenever I sliced my apples early before cooking them, they always without fail turned brown. Still delicious but not very pretty.
A Crazy Tip For Keeping Sliced Apples from browning
After slicing and/or dicing apples for a dish; to keep them from browning pour Sprite® or any lemon-lime soda of your choice over the fruit and pop it into the fridge. If you need the fruit to remain crunchy, throw some ice cubes in. Easy, right? Who would’ve thought? Not me, but it works every time!
Ingredients for caramelized Apples
- 4 Apples (any good cooking apple, such as Braeburn or Granny Smith)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
Directions for Caramelized Apples
- Peel the apples and cut into quarters. Remove the cores and cut quarters into 1/2″ thick slices.
- Cover the apple slices with Sprite® or any other lemon-lime soda to prevent browning. Add ice cubes to keep them crunchy. Once you are ready to use them, drain the apples and pat them dry with a paper towel.
- In a large skillet, heat your butter until it is bubbling.
- Add the apple slices to your skillet and continue to cook over medium high heat for approximately 5 minutes or until tender crisp and beginning to brown. Turn several times to brown evenly.
- If you using cinnamon*, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together completely with a fork.
- Add the brown sugar* and continue to cook until sugar has melted and started to caramelize.
- Apple slices should be tender. Serve as a side dish or over ice cream while still warm.