MTM On The Road: Easy Recipes with Michigan Apples in the 9&10 News Kitchen

Pumpkins, costumes, and candy galore are a few things you might think of this Halloween season. However, it’s also the time of year where juicy apples are plentiful!

Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the nation. Whether you enjoy a Honey Crisp, a Fuji, or a Gala, apples are a fun and healthy choice. Hard cider is also on the rise with nearly 25 million consumers!

Shari Steinbach is a registered dietitian from Michigan Apples joining us in the 9&10 News Kitchen to share easy fall recipes the whole family can enjoy.

Wake up with Regan Blissett and photojournalist Stephanie Adkins in the kitchen to see everything you can do with apples.

See below for all of the flavorful and fun recipes! Or watch the videos above and below to see them in action.

Michigan Apple Cider Punch

The first recipe is a thirst quenching Michigan apple beverage.

Ingredients:

  • 1-gallon Michigan Apple cider (chilled)
  • 1 cup lemon juice (chilled)
  • 8 cups ginger ale (chilled)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Garnish: 1 Michigan Apple, cored and sliced; orange and lemon slices

Directions:

  1. Pour apple cider and lemon juice in a large punch bowl.  Add cinnamon sticks and stir to combine.  Pour in ginger ale and gently stir to combine.
  2. Top punch with sliced apples, oranges and lemons. Serve chilled.

Cinnamon-Apple Halloween Mix.

This next delicious recipe is also a fun activity perfect for Halloween!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups wheat squares cereal
  • 5 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups dried apples, chopped
  • 2 cups Halloween candy
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In large microwaveable bowl, mix cereal, popcorn and nuts.
  2. In 2-cup microwaveable measuring cup, microwave butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon uncovered on High about 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until mixture is boiling; stir. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute. Stir in apples; microwave uncovered on High about 2 minutes or until apples just begin to brown on edges.
  3. Spread on waxed paper or foil to cool, about 15 minutes. Place in serving bowl, stir in Halloween candy. Store in airtight container.

Michigan apple mummies

Looking to get into the Halloween spirit even more? Try making Michigan apple mummies! All you have to do is wrap thin strips of gauze around apples and stick on candy eyes.

The next recipe is the apple and pork slow cooker stew and it demonstrates how apples can used for family dinner.

It makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1-1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large carrots cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 medium Michigan Apples, into thick slices
  • 2 medium yellow potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 cup Michigan Apple cider or hard cider
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Lightly brown the bacon and pork in a lightly oiled pan. Add in celery and carrots and cook for 4 minutes.
  2. Add apple cider to pan and stir to remove browned bits. Pour pork mixture into a slow cooker and add onion, apples, potatoes, thyme, sage and broth.
  3. Cook on low setting for approximately 4 hours or until vegetables are tender.

Michigan Apple cupcakes

Next up is the do it yourself dessert, Michigan Apple cupcakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/2 cups peeled and shredded Michigan Apple

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake paper liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and ginger together. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture a little at a time until just combined and then add the buttermilk. Blend until combined. Fold in the shredded apple.
  4. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown and done.
  5. Let cupcakes cool before frosting.

Set up a cupcake decorating station:

  • Include white, orange and purple frosting and a variety of Halloween themed sprinkles so guests can make their own creative dessert.
  • Recipe adapted from: handletheheat.com

Michigan Caramel Apples

Of course, we can’t forget about Michigan Caramel Apples!

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 wooden treat sticks
  • 4 to 6 Michigan Gala or Jonagold apples
  • 14-oz. pkg. caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 T. milk
  • Halloween candy sprinkles, chopped nuts, candy corn, mini candy-coated chocolates

Directions: 

  1. Insert sticks into apples; set aside.
  2. Combine caramels and milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly.
  3. Roll each apple quickly in caramel, turning to coat. Set apples to dry on lightly greased wax paper. When partially set, roll in toppings, if desired.
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