Granny Smith, Honeycrisp and Fuji apples are filling the brims orchard baskets all over the area. But what do you do with the leftover ones once your family is tired of them? These six chefs have the perfect solutions.
"Come fall, I enjoy working with local orchards like Frecon, taking their leftover apples [and] creating items like apple streusel and apple dumplings. People love them and apples don't need to be perfect.”-Eric Yost, Chef/Owner, Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden; 570 Wellington Square, Exton, 610-458-2337
Apple Pie and Apple Compote
“Whenever we have apples left at home I often think sweet and make a traditional home-baked apple pie with homemade crust. Sometimes you simply can't beat a classic. I also suggest adding a twist by making apple pie filling and putting it inside an empanada. On the savory side, I love pairing apples with seared foie gras and making an apple compote.” -Michael Sultan, Chef, Revolution Taco; 2015 Walnut St., 267-639-5681
"My grandparents immigrated from Italy so they didn't have much money. When you're an immigrant in that position you can't waste anything. So when she had leftover apples she would use them to make applesauce and stuff her cookies with [it.] "-Owner Marlo Dilks, SliCE, multiple locations; P’unk Burger, 1823 Passyunk Ave, 215-468-7865
"I usually take any leftover apples and turn them into an amazing filling for apple tarts. It's an old family recipe. I start with apples. But, I also use cheddar cheese, which adds an awesome saltiness that elevates the whole thing!”- Tim Lanza, Chef/Owner, Marigold Kitchen; 501 S 45th St., 215-222-3699
"I always like to make apple butter when I have extra apples; it is a great ingredient to add to a sauce or to braise meats with. It is also just really nice to put on a scone, toast, or waffles.”-Kazuyuki “Kaz” Mitsui, Executive Chef, Win Signature Restaurants; multiple locations
“Apple dumplings are my dessert of choice with orchard apples. They remind me of growing up near the Pennsylvania Dutch areas of Lancaster and Ephrata. The smell of baking apples wrapped in a flaky pastry and covered in a cinnamon syrup just make the day feel like Fall!”-Adriana Piper, Pastry Chef, Barclay Prime; 237 S 18th St., 215-732-7560