I love spicy food. The spicier the better. I actually enjoy when food makes me sweat, and my mouth feels like it’s on fire.
This recipe isn’t anywhere near that spicy, but it does have that lovely blend of sweetness and bite that I adore. It’s very similar in taste to a spicy apple sauce.
Spicy Roasted Apples
4 medium gala or fuji apples
2 – 4 T olive oil
1/2 T salt
2 T red pepper flakes
1/2 t ginger
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Chop apples into cubes roughly 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Green apples would be too tart for this recipe, so I don’t recommend them. But if your favorite apple is a granny smith, try adding 1 T of white sugar and let me know how it turns out!
In a large bowl, toss apple chunks with 2 – 4 T olive oil, salt, red pepper, basil and black pepper until each cube is coated evenly with oil and spices.
Depending on the size of your apples, you may need more or less oil. The rule of thumb is make the apple pieces shiny, but you don’t want to have a puddle of oil in the bottom of your bowl.
Pour apple mixture in roasting pan or Pyrex baking dish and put in oven. If you don’t have a baking dish of any kind, cover a baking sheet in foil.
Bake for 25 – 30 min, stirring apples halfway through.
The liquid you see here isn’t oil. The apples begin to leak juice into the pan towards the end of roasting.
I like to use it as a side dish with beef or pork dishes. The sweetness compliments the richness of beef, and apple dishes are always great with pork.
But really you can do so much with this! Use it as a filling for turnovers or with sticky rice or simply in a bowl still warm and topped with ice cream.