Grilling enhances an apple's natural sweetness. If you don't have an outdoor grill, you can still get the same results indoors with a grill pan or a counter-top electric grill. In thick slices or whole and stuffed with seasonings, use grilled apples as an appetizer, a simple dessert, in salads or tucked into crepes for a company-worthy brunch dish. For the easiest grilling, choose apples that are firm, instead of overly ripe or mushy.
Things You'll Need
- Apples, your preferred type, including Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Red Delicious
- Paper towels or dishcloths
- Sugar, white or brown
- Spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg
- Measuring spoons
- Apple corer or paring knife
- Aluminum foil
- Thin-bladed knife
- Pastry brush
- Melted butter or honey, optional
- Marinade, optional
- Vegetable oil
- Nonstick cooking spray, optional
- Metal tongs
Wash the apples thoroughly under running water. Pat them dry with paper towels or a dishcloth.
Mix sugar and spices together in a bowl. Choose from white or brown sugar and seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ground cloves or apple pie or pumpkin pie spice. Plan on using approximately 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of spices for every apple.
Core the apples, but do not cut completely through the bottom portion of the apple. Use a spoon to fill the hollow interior of each apple with your seasoned sugar mixture.
Cut a large square of aluminum foil for every apple. Place an apple in the middle of each square. Top each with approximately 1 ounce of butter.
Wrap the apples securely in the foil. Place them on a grill set up for indirect heat.
Grill the apples for about 40 minutes or until they can easily be pierced with a thin-bladed knife. Allow them to cool briefly before unwrapping and serving.
Remove the core from each apple, if desired. Cut the apples crosswise into slices 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick.
Brush both sides of each slice with melted butter, vegetable oil or honey or allow the slices to soak in your choice of liquid for several hours before grilling. Choose from marinades like fruit juice mixed with honey, herbs and vanilla extract or your choice of alcohol.
Preheat a grill to moderate heat or set it up for indirect grilling. Coat the grill lightly with oil or nonstick cooking spray.
Place the apple slices on the grill. Cook approximately 3 minutes each side, turning frequently with tongs. Baste with additional melted butter, honey or marinade, if desired.
Remove the grilled apples and drizzle with honey or marinade, if desired.
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