It’s the time of year for getting cozy by the fire, eating comfort food, and sipping apple cider! When you’re not drinking it, apple cider is a fantastic seasonal ingredient. Struggling with inspiration for some exciting things to do with apple cider?
We’re happy to provide a few…
- Make apple cider braised pork shoulder: The succulent flavors of pork, combined with the sweetness of unfiltered apple cider make for a delicious entrée in wintertime. Braise your pork shoulder in apple cider with onions for a delicious late fall and winter meal to feed up to six. Here is a recipe for your reference.
- Braise red cabbage in it: Enjoy the sweet-tart goodness of apple cider and vinegar for a delectable side dish of braised red cabbage. By cooking the cabbage with complimentary spices like caraway seeds and allspice, the apple cider comes out to richly flavor this otherwise boring vegetable. Epicurious has a yummy recipe to try, for Thanksgiving or a Monday night side dish!
- Caramelize your onions in the cider: This tangy addition is just the trick to add seasonal enhancement to meat or veggies. In a skillet, cook 2 cups of sliced onions, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and half a teaspoon of salt. Once the onions are beginning to soften, stir in a cup of apple cider and one tablespoon of cider vinegar. Cook until the liquid has evaporated, and you have tasty, flavorful onions to compliment an entrée or side.
- Use it as a glaze for pork, chicken or fish: An apple cider glaze is a fantastic finishing note to pork, chicken and other poultry, or hearty. Click here for a simple apple cider glaze recipe, with garlic, ginger, sage and thyme.
- Create your own moonshine: As a disclaimer, be sure that your distilling activities are not done illegally. In some cases, distillers are required by law to register with the federal government, so review the United States Distilling Code before you proceed. Here is a helpful ‘Instructable’ on how to make your own moonshine.
Do you have other fun seasonal ideas for apple cider?