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Substitute for Winesap Apples?

Rubee Oct 2, 2008 01:24 PM

I'm making one of the Babbo recipes this weekend for an appetizer - Prosciutto San Daniele with black pepper fett'unta and Winesap apple marmellata. I don't think Winesap apples are in season. I've also never had one so have no idea what apples available now are similar. Any suggestions of apples I can use instead? Thanks!

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  1. todao RE: Rubee Oct 2, 2008 03:36 PM

    Winesap apples are tangy - so are granny smiths. How about marinating the granny smith pieces in Chardonnay to give them a bit of that wine infuence?

    1. coll RE: Rubee Oct 3, 2008 02:03 AM

      Winesaps are the last apple to ripen, right now in October should be when they are available.
      They are really juicy, I can't think of anything exactly like them. But hey, an apple's an apple especially if you're cooking it.

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        jerzzy RE: Rubee Oct 3, 2008 10:36 AM

        Winesaps are delicious. Actually my absolute favorite type of apple.
        The taste is kind of sweet/tart with a bite almost like a fine wine.
        Granny Smith might work can't think of any others.

        1. Rubee RE: Rubee Oct 3, 2008 11:24 AM

          Thanks everyone. I'm going to check Whole Foods to see if they have Winesaps; if not, Granny Smith it is! Thanks again.

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            petitgateau RE: Rubee Oct 3, 2008 09:29 PM

            Braeburns are a good substitute as well. Not quite a winesap, but neither is a granny smith.

          2. Rubee RE: Rubee Oct 8, 2008 04:05 PM

            Just wanted to say thanks. I ended up having to substitute a few of the ingredients in this recipe - still learning where to find things in the Phoenix area. The recipe turned out great though. I really loved the combination of flavors - bread topped with black pepper oil, some apple marmellata, prosciutto, and baby spinach tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.


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              sonomavailkids RE: Rubee Oct 18, 2009 11:52 AM

              so I am trying this one and can't find the Mustard Oil, I've already picked up the Granny Smith Apples, any suggestions?

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                Rubee RE: sonomavailkids Oct 18, 2009 11:57 AM

                Check an Indian market, or a store that has a good selection of Indian ingredients. I later found the mustard oil (and black mustard seeds) in the Indian section of a local Asian market.

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              Potomac Bob RE: Rubee Oct 8, 2008 05:30 PM

              Stayman, sometimes called Stayman Winesap, is similar. Never seen one in a grocery store, but at apple orchards or farmers' markets.

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