There’s nothing better than visiting a local apple orchard or farmers market and picking up some apples, donuts or cider during the fall.
Before you down all that tasty cider, Beaumont chef Ed Gillis, has some inventive suggestions on how cider can be used in cooking and baking.
“You can also use cider as an ingredient in sauces, such as a sweet and sour, or thickened by itself with some corn starch and used as a glaze for ham or chicken,” explains Gillis. “Cider can also be used as a replacement for wine when cooking (caramelizing) onions. After cooking the onions, add the cider and reduce the liquid while the onions soften and use on top of chicken breast or pork chops.”
Try adding apple cider to your coleslaw recipe as well. “Cider pairs well with cabbage. Use it as your liquid in the slaw and add diced apples to your recipe to enhance that flavor as well,” recommends Gillis.
Cider is such an adaptable and flavorful ingredient that Gillis often utilizes it in the cafeteria at Beaumont as well.
Hungry yet? Next time you find yourself with some leftover cider, try one of these recipes composed by Chef Gillis:
Apple Cider Pulled Pork
- 1 pound pork butt, bone-in
- 3 tsp liquid smoke flavor
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- 4 tbsp small diced apples
- 4 tbsp minced onion
- 4 tbsp apple cider
- 1/2 tsp vinegar cider
- Drizzle liquid smoke over pork pieces. Combine onion powder, salt and pepper. Rub onto pork pieces.
- Slow roast the pork butt at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 hours.
- Remove from oven. Cool. Remove bones.
- Spread shredded meat on sheet pan. Spread garlic over meat evenly. Mix by hand.
- Blend BBQ sauce, brown sugar, cider, vinegar, apple and onion together. Add to prepared meat and mix by hand.
Apple Cider Cupcakes
- 1 box (13.6 oz) yellow cake mix
- 1 cup apple cider
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 5 tbsp chopped apples
- 1 pound cream cheese frosting
- 10 tbsp melted caramels
- Follow directions on box – substitute cider for water. Add cinnamon and apple pieces. Mix well.
- Scoop into cupcake sheet. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 10 minutes.
- Apply frosting to each cupcake. Drizzle with caramel.