The other day, I bought some green apples at the store so I could make fried apples to go with a pork tenderloin. I made the pork tenderloin and completely forgot about my poor apples until it was far too late. Oops! A couple of nights later, I was searching through the refrigerator trying to figure out a side dish when I saw my apples. I didn’t want to fry them, and somewhere I had heard about baking whole apples, so I thought I would give it a try!
First, I washed and then cored my apples. I took about three to four “cores” out of the middle to make a bigger hole. I placed the apples into some baking dishes.
Next, I got out the butter. I used the real stuff. and not the tub of light butter that I normally inflict on myself and McGeeky. I added a spoonful to each apple and then followed it up with some Quaker oats.
Brown sugar is a must with apples. I used Splenda brown sugar in one apple for me, to save on the calories a bit, but used the full throttle stuff in the rest of the apples. Then I added some more butter. I am getting crazy with all that butter!
I sprinkled cinnamon on top but this isn’t a necessary step. Chica hates all things cinnamon, so I am certain she would omit this if it were her apples. But they aren’t. They are mine so on goes lots of cinnamon! Finally, I sprinkled some pecan meal on top. If I had had chopped pecans instead in my freezer I would have used those.
I baked them at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. You want them to be all soft inside. At this point, you can serve them as a side dish that would go especially well with pork.
Or, you can keep going and add vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce to make a DELICIOUS dessert! The apples were still very warm when I served this.
If you aren’t a glutton like myself, you can cut the apple in half and add your ice cream and caramel on top. It looks really pretty that way.