Looking for a quick, easy, healthier potluck or holiday dish? Try these spiced apples. There is no cooking involved, apples are in season, and you probably have everything you need already. You can throw it together in about 15 minutes.
I made these at the spur of the moment, when I had planned to make Li Hing Apples but couldn’t find my li hing powder. So I used a different combination of spices, with the goal being to create an apple pie-like flavor.
Ingredients (amounts are approximates)
3 apples, washed, cored, sliced into wedges (about 12 per apple)
1 TBS lemon or lime juice
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp ginger
Keep the peel on your apples! The peel contains boron, which is necessary for strong bones. (I personally think it plays a key role in preventing osteoporosis, but that is my intuition and based on observation and theory.)
Since apples are one of the top 10 polluted produce items, however, buy organic apples whenever possible, and wash them well.
Mix together the apple slices with lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Taste and adjust the flavors. You want a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, with a touch of saltiness.
Keep in mind that this needs to sit for about an hour for the flavors to get incorporated fully. You’ll get an idea of what it will taste like, but now it has a harsher, more raw flavor. Later it will become well-rounded and mellower yet fuller in taste.
These are also great for a quick snack, and the spices add extra phytochemicals, plant-based health-maintaining compounds, plus variety.
My guess is that because of the sugar and salt, they will get soggy and won’t keep more than half a day or so (unless you don’t mind the sogginess…they’ll still taste good.)
(Sorry, no picture and no exact amounts. I made this in a hurry, then rushed off to the party, where it was eaten and complimented. When I make it again, I’ll write things down and edit this post.)