Whether you prefer them tart, sweet, or somewhere in between, a steady supply of fresh apples is a must this time of year. They get plenty of love dipped in caramel or piled into pies and tarts—but we think it’s high time they got a little love during the main course.
In homage, we’ve gathered up 20 of our favorite ways to have apples for dinner, from hearty soups and crisp main dish salads, all the way to comfort food staples like meatloaf and pizza. Try ’em all before apple season ends.
Get a load of that gorgeous, deep purple hue! We love ours served with a dollop of sour cream.
Loaded whole grains and generous chunks of crunchy fresh apples. Great for picnics and potlucks.
Fresh kale, apples and pumpkin seeds—the ultimate cool-weather salad blend.
A whole host of satisfying textures and flavors, including tangy feta cheese and buttery pine nuts for a touch of decadence.
Apples and cheese on their own are a match made in Heaven. But throw in a little bacon? Forget about it…
An autumn-inspired spin on this weeknight classic, rounded out with a dose of earthy sage.
Pork roast with apple sauce, apple gravy and apple cornbread. Thrice as nice!
This homemade lemon-sesame dressing will become a fast favorite.
A very grown-up twist on grilled cheese, indeed. (But kids love it, too.)
This ultra-simple side dish is hearty and warm, and definitely lovely enough for entertaining.
Your favorite chicken sausages, roasted atop a bed of apples and cabbage, then finished with a sprinkling of dried berries and pecans.
Mix up your soup lineup with this spicy-sweet apple soup. The kids will hardly believe what they’re eating.
Perfect for packed lunches, this take on tuna salad incorporates fresh apples for a little added crunch.
Looking to step up your tailgating game? Try this seasonal spin on turkey burgers.
Serve straight from the skillet for a stunning rustic presentation.
“Wow” dinner guests with a decadent cider cream sauce. It even sounds fancy.
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving, you know.
The apple meets its match in butternut, a savory-sweet squash we wait all year for.
Apples on pizza? Trust us. This combo of apples and white cheddar is right at home on a pizza crust.
Another healthy whole grain salad with plenty of bite.