Fried Apples and Onions

Fried Apples and Onions Recipe Just Like Mrs. Wilder Made

By Heather Harris | Breakfast

Sep 27

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This fried apples and onions recipe is about as old-fashioned and pioneer as you can get. Plus, apples bacon and onions is a wonderful fall trio of flavor.

Who knew that apples and onions go together like peanut butter and jelly? Mother Wilder sure did. As a matter of fact, this dish was one of Almanzo Wilder’s favorites as  boy. You can read about his birthday breakfast of apples and onions in the book, “Farmer Boy”, from the “Little House on The Prairie” series.Fried Apples and Onions Recipe, tart apples baked with onions and bacon in a cast iron skillet

Caramelized apples and onions made a delicious side dish for just about any meal back in the pioneer days. It had the sweetness of the onions, combined with the tartness of the apples. The salty of the salt pork or bacon brought the flavors together in a wonderful way.

Now, you can be a modern day pioneer, and channel your inner Ingalls family, with this easy recipe.

What kind of apples should I use?

The original recipe calls for tart apples. This would include such varieties like Granny Smith, Cortland, Pink Lady, or Jonathon apples. While some are more tart than others, these all lean more towards the “tart” side and are great for baking, and in this dish.

However, if you want to add more sweetness, or tone down the tart, add some more sweet flavors of apples such as Fuji, Honeycrisp, or Golden Delicious. I used a combination of both Granny Smith, Cortland, and Red Delicious apples to get the best flavor.

What kind of bacon should I use?

Originally, the recipe was made with homegrown pork. This would be cured bacon that they made, or with a side of salt pork. Salt pork is what they would have removed from the belly to make the bacon or ham, but it was a great flavor additive.

That being said, you can use nearly any type of bacon you desire with this. For my family, we used turkey bacon. Try duck, chicken, or bison bacon for a unique flavor blend. If you use a lower fat bacon like turkey, you will need to add a bit of olive oil or butter to cook the onions.

Do I have to use brown sugar? Can I sub honey for this recipe?

Since this only calls for 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar, I wasn’t too worried about that amount. If you want to substitute honey, I would suggest adding a bit of butter as well to help it caramelize. Start with 1-2 teaspoons of butter at the same time you add the honey. Or go with  maple syrup, I think maple bacon, apples and onions would be delightful!

Another sub that you can try if you want to watch the sugars you are eating is brown sugar Swerve. It melts and cooks up just like the regular brown sugar, and is very diabetic friendly.

This  Little House Cookbook fried apples and onions recipe is an old-fashioned treat and part of our cooking like Ma Ingalls series!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound bacon or salt pork
  • 6 yellow onions
  • 6 apples
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions:

  1. Cut bacon into strips, then fry until crisp.
  2. While bacon is cooking, slice onions and core apples.
  3. Remove cooked bacon to a warm platter.
  4. In the remaining bacon grease, add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add apple slices in even layer over onions and then sprinkle the brown sugar over all.
  6. Cover skillet, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until apples begin to soften. Stir only to prevent burning or sticking, approximately once every 45-60 seconds.
  7. Serve warm.
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Fried Apples ‘N’ Onions Recipe – Just like Mrs. Wilder made

Fried and apples and onions is a delicious old-fashioned recipe that’s stood the test time of time with the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and salty!

  • Author: Melissa Norris
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 16
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings 1x
  • Category: side
  • Method: frying
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon or salt pork
  • 6 yellow onions
  • 6 apples
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut bacon into strips, then fry until crisp.
  2. While bacon is cooking, slice onions and core apples.
  3. Remove cooked bacon to a warm platter.
  4. In the remaining bacon grease, add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add apple slices in even layer over onions and then sprinkle the brown sugar over all.
  6. Cover skillet, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until apples begin to soften. Stir only to prevent burning or sticking, approximately once every 45-60 seconds.
  7. Serve warm.

Notes

You can use any type of apple you wish, but traditionally a tart and firm apple was used. Feel free to sub in white or red onions.

Keywords: fried apples and onions, apples 'n' onions recipe

There you have have it, fried apples and onions straight out of a pioneer kitchen into yours! Have you ever made or tried this before? How do you like it?

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With over 20 years experience in the kitchen, Heather loves to create delicious, nutritious foods that her family will enjoy! Follow her adventures on easyketodishes.com or recipesfromthehomestead.com and see what's cooking!

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