I love when fall rolls around! It’s my favorite time of year to make this super delicious and easy Microwave Applesauce Recipe! While it does take a few minutes to chop up the apples, once you put it in the microwave, your work is pretty much done. My kids LOVE this simple side dish or snack!
Super Easy Microwave Applesauce – In Minutes
This is one of my favorite recipes. Ever. It is so easy and fresh and have I mentioned easy? I make extra of this easy Microwave Applesauce so that I have more of it all to myself.
What kind of apples are best for applesauce?
The green apples make it a smidge more tart than normal applesauce which I love. But if you want something sweeter, go with red delicious.
Make Ahead Party Food
I usually make it to serve with Christmas dinner. Well, I make it a day or two ahead so that I don’t have to do anything on Christmas day. That is reserved for lounging, eating yummy foods and spending time with the family.
I came across the recipe in Martha Stewart’s Every Day Food magazine, years ago, and have been making it ever since (with some minor alterations). Here Cinnamon Applesauce is also delish.
How to Make Microwave Applesauce
Remember when Martha Stewart went all cray cray on bloggers not being all that and they all got in an uproar? I was not one of them. I didn’t totally disagree with some of the things she said. She was absolutely correct that I don’t test my recipes to within an inch of their life.
If I had a million dollars, a test kitchen and support staff, then yes, I would test my recipes more. But she is wrong that I am not an expert. I am an expert in anything I do within the walls of my home. Because that is where I am free to make whatever I do completely my own and put my spin on it.
When I choose to share some of those things with my readers it is mostly to inspire them. If they make one of the recipes that I share and then make their own changes to it, that is what it’s all about for me.
In my opinion, there is always room for improvement. Which is why I made Martha’s Microwave Applesauce Recipe better. OH SNAP! Yeah, I said it.
This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, which give it a nice tart flavor and have a really nice texture when cooked. A little bit of fresh lemon juice brightens everything up. And spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger give it tons of falvor!
So once you have all your ingredients out and are just about to really get going, you are going to need to stop and listen to a Lego set review. My oldest creates his own themed sets from the Legos he already has. And then, like his fave, The Brick Show, he goes on. And on. And on about the Legos.
This is where you can feel free to make some changes. Maybe you don’t have someone requesting your attention and that is ok. These are the types of things that happen in my “test kitchen.”
Peel and chop the apples. Don’t forget to cut two extra apples for your kids. If you don’t they will take the ones that are meant for your recipe whenever you turn your back. I’m sure Alexis did the same thing to Martha growing up.
Here is where I go rogue on Martha’s recipe. I add a bunch of different spices that I love. Like ginger, and cloves. Not a major change but I’m sure Martha would still clutch her pearls at the mere suggestion.
Once you mix everything together, you cover the dish and put it in the microwave. About halfway through you mush the apples with a fork. I like to leave it really chunky though, but this is totally personal preference.
I bet Martha likes hers really smooth. I bet mashing the apples really helps her release some of her tension over how bloggers don’t know what they’re doing.
And then you eat it. It is yummy warm but I think it is even better cold. I know sometimes tone doesn’t transfer well over this here internet and I want to make sure that you all know how much I respect Martha. She has built an empire, amassing the most talented people under one company.
And you have to respect someone who is comfortable in her cold, sometimes harsh, persona. She makes no apologies for being who she is. And while not everyone will like her, and she may make lots of people angry, she is always herself. As we all should be.
This applesauce is super tasty and aside from a little cutting and stirring is pretty hands-off. It’s a great side dish for holiday meals or anytime you’re serving pork chops.
The flavor is absolutely crave-worthy!
You’ll love this easy Applesauce Recipe even if you aren’t a fan of Martha. It’s a great side dish for dinner or a perfect snack!
Easy Side Dish Recipe Ideas
You may also like these easy side dish recipe ideas:
- Loaded Tater Tots with Buffalo Aioli are a fun game day appetizer idea that you could also serve with meat loaf for a weeknight dinner.
- Cous Cous with Asparagus, Peas and Lemon is a great veggie and grain side dish. This post also includes a recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Soy and Ginger! YUM!
- Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms and Tomatoes is a delicious side dish that can easily be turned into a main dish. It’s hearty and flavorful and extra perfect for fall.
Microwave Applesauce Recipe
- 6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into roughly 1/2" chunks
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (approximately)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- 1/16 tsp clove, use more if you like it, but it is a really strong flavor
- coarse salt
- In a 2-quart microwave safe dish with a lid, combine apples, sugar, lemon juice, spices and salt.
- Cover and microwave on high until very tender, 10-15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Mash apples with a fork (leave larger chunks for an overall chunkier texture).
- Serve warm or cold.
- Store covered in refrigerator for up to a week.
*Adapted from Martha Stewart's Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe*
Serving Size12 Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 57Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 49mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 2gSugar 10gProtein 0g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate.
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