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20 Ways to cook (not bake!) with apples this fall

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

One of our favorite fall activities is to go apple picking. Heading to a local orchard and spending the day drinking hot cider and eating warm doughnuts make our hearts sing. Slices of apple pies are everywhere — until you get home. Instead of baking with the 12 pounds of apples you just picked, how about making a savory recipe?

Making savory recipes with apples isn't too far-fetched. Apples go extremely well with pork as well as chicken. They add great depth and sweetness to casseroles. Oh, and thinly sliced on salads? Perfect texture component.

1. Harvest Cobb salad recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Damn Delicious

Unlike your regular summer Cobb salad, this harvest Cobb salad is topped with fall essentials like apples, pears, pecans, cranberries and goat cheese. Perfect for lunch.

2. Celery root and apple salad recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Gourmande in the Kitchen

This light and composed celery root and apple salad is the perfect way to start a feast. Its textures play well with the gorgeous mustard vinaigrette.

3. Kale, apple and bacon salad recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Make this hearty kale, apple and bacon salad with a quick mustard and maple dressing. Store it in a Mason jar, and it's the perfect portable salad — the kale won't wilt because it's super hearty.

4. Blueberry and apple salad with Parmesan recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Foodness Gracious

This simple but flavorful blueberry and apple salad with Parmesan is packed with fresh flavors and fruit. Plus, the touch of Parmesan adds a hint of saltiness to the salad, balancing it all out.

5. Apple, bacon and pecan salad with garlic-balsamic dressing recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Lauren's Latest

A great way to use up leftover chicken is to top this apple, bacon and pecan salad with garlic-balsamic dressing with it! Plus, everything is better with bacon, right?

6. Brussels sprouts salad with apples and candied walnuts recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Diethood

Make Brussels sprouts haters turn into lovers by serving them this Brussels sprouts salad with apples and candied walnuts.

7. Roasted carrot-apple soup with paprika brown butter recipe

Roasted carrot apple soup with paprika brown butter

Blog: An Edible Mosaic

Adding apples to this roasted carrot-apple soup with paprika brown butter lends a hint of sweetness and texture. We're loving the addition of paprika brown butter, a great way to warm up on a cold day.

8. Butternut squash-apple soup recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Just a Taste

A classic soup from the traditional fall squash, this butternut squash-apple soup adds apples to the mixture and blends it up into a smooth and creamy soup.

9. Roasted apple, pear and parsnip soup recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Two Peas & Their Pod

Buy some parsnips, and definitely make this roasted apple, pear and parsnip soup. The delicate color lets the flavors sing in this recipe.

10. Curried carrot, apple and peanut soup recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: The Law Student's Wife

The flavors in this curried carrot, apple and peanut soup scream for attention! This is just the soup you need a big bowl of on days when the wind chill prevents you from even stepping out of the house.

11. Slow cooker autumn apple-chicken sandwiches recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Chocolate & Carrots

These slow cooker autumn apple-chicken sandwiches are hearty enough to serve as a meal all on their own. You can't really say that about apple pie, now can you?

12. Apple cranberry turkey salad on rolls recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Inside BruCrew Life

This apple cranberry turkey salad is perfect to serve inside sweet Hawaiian rolls. Plus, it's a great use of leftover turkey during the holidays.

13. Caramel apple grilled cheese recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: How Sweet It Is

Brie cheese, thinly sliced apples and caramel sauce make this caramel apple grilled cheese sandwich a must on your fall cooking list.

14. Apple-chicken cheddar melts recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

These apple-chicken cheddar melts make a great quick dinner idea for those nights when you don't want to do much cooking.

15. Seared pork tenderloin with apples and broccoli recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Bev Cooks

Nothing pairs better than apples and pork! This seared pork tenderloin with apples and broccoli proves it.

16. Apple-cinnamon pork chops recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Gimme Some Oven

Bring the warmth of cinnamon into these apple-cinnamon pork chops, which, served alongside some delicious mashed potatoes, would be a meal fit for a queen.

17. Pan-seared pork chops with maple gravy and apple-bacon hash recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Lauren's Latest

These pan-seared pork chops with maple gravy and apple-bacon hash are all about that apple-bacon hash — heavenly!

18. Turkey-and-sage-stuffed apples recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

These little turkey-and-sage-stuffed apples can be served as a main dish along with a side salad or as a side dish to your main course.

19. Sweet mashed potatoes with sautéed apples recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Eat Yourself Skinny

These sweet mashed potatoes with sautéed apples would make a phenomenal side dish for any fall dinner party you're hosting.

20. Chicken with leeks, apples and sun-dried tomatoes recipe

Because apples are more than just apple pie, and these savory recipes prove it

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

This light recipe of chicken with leeks, apples and sun-dried tomatoes is a fantastic way to incorporate more apples into savory dishes.

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