Buttery Fried Nutmeg Apples

During the Civil War, favorite sweet side or dessert was Fried Apples. In the field, it was typically made in a cast iron pan over a fire and worked well with tart apples or ripe, if available. A variety of sweeteners could be used from honey or brown sugar, more available than white at the time.

Tart apples cooked with butter and sugar create a wonderful side dish or dessert.

5 tart cooking apples, unpeeled

4 TB butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and sugar mixture

1.    Wash, core and slice unpeeled apples into narrow slices.

2.    Melt the butter in a skillet or cast iron pan and add the apples.

3.    Cover the skillet and cook the apples 5 minutes over medium low heat. Stirring continuously, add the brown sugar and nutmeg. Stir well. Continue cooking the apples covered for 10-12 minutes or until apples are tender, check every few minutes while cooking.

4.    Add additional butter or water if needed to prevent the apples from sticking. 

5.    Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top before serving.

Recipe adapted from Authentic Civil War Recipes

Nondairy is easy: Use a dairy free margarine.
Sugar Free is still delish: Use 1/2 cup Truvia sugar free brown sugar for cooking the apples and Stevia with cinnamon for spinkling on top.

Peachy keen: Try peaches instead of apples for a great taste as well.

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