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Applesauce in savory dishes (other than a side for pork chops...). Any suggestions?

kcshigekawa Apr 16, 2012 01:27 PM

My MIL has just given us a CASE of canned applesauce, and I have no idea what to do with it all. We don't eat pork chops very often, and I do not bake, so all those lovely breads are not going to happen.

The only idea I've come up with (but haven't tested yet) is to use it in a BBQ sauce.

Any other suggestions would be most welcome!

  1. melpy Apr 17, 2012 10:24 AM

    Applesauce is part of my meatloaf recipe. I know it sounds weird but it really is delicious.
    1 lb ground beef (1 pack is fine even if it is 1 1/2 lbs)
    1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (we use the Progresso Italian or Seasoned flavor, can't remember the label)
    1/2 cup applesauce
    1/4 tsp dried sage (you can leave this out)
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1/4 tsp of garlic powder (if all you have is garlic salt that works too, maybe use a little less regular salt either way should be fine)
    1/4 cup ketchup (I did not spell it  catsup just for you)
    Optional glaze:
    Mix a little brown sugar (or regular) with ketchup.
     Preheat  oven to 350%. Combine all ingredients. Shape into a loaf. Spread loaf with glaze. Bake for 1 hour.

    Please ignore the notes in parentheses, they are for a friend I am teaching to cook and since I am on a phone I can't scroll up.

    1. k
      kcshigekawa Apr 17, 2012 10:17 AM

      Thanks everyone! Some good ideas (I never would have thought about adding it to soup!).

      1. coll Apr 17, 2012 03:54 AM

        I use it in several soups, including butternut squash. I use it in curry when I have it on hand. I use it as a topping for baking pork loin, keeps it very juicy, rather on the side. I make yams baked with apple slices, some applesauce there wouldn't hurt either.

        1. jmcarthur8 Apr 16, 2012 08:30 PM

          Cook it in sauerkraut with some onions, peppers, bacon and polish sausage. I bake mine in the oven for about an hour.

          1. jo_jo_ba Apr 16, 2012 06:40 PM

            We used to cook salmon fillets in a mixture of apple sauce, curry powder and onions. I've used it in meatloaf / turkey burgers too.

            If you cook it down a bit, to apple butter consistency, it makes for a good smear on most grilled proteins.

            1. todao Apr 16, 2012 05:45 PM

              Here's a good place to start:


              1. t
                tzurriz Apr 16, 2012 03:41 PM

                Make latkes (potato pancakes)

                1. l
                  Lady_Tenar Apr 16, 2012 03:40 PM

                  I like to put apples or applesauce in curries sometimes (not traditional Indian or Thai ones so much, but more Westernized ones--simple and good comfort food). Applesauce would also be good in a pureed curried root vegetable soup. Curried apple and parsnip soup is GOOD!

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                    ChiliDude Apr 16, 2012 02:03 PM

                    I suggest that you Google using 'savory recipes with applesauce' as keywords. I did just to reply to your post.

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