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Apple Cranberry Sage Bites

Apple Cranberry Sage Bites

Apples are all over at the Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market here in Indy, and we couldn’t be happier to have been asked to work up a few recipes with this delicious fruit!  As usual, our collective lack of baking skills had us thinking of savory recipes to play off of the sweetness of the apple.

This appetizer turned out to be a wonderful blend of sweet and savory. We loved the complexity of the sage and brandy; while the brandy is optional, it adds a nice subtle flavor! The Parmesan cheese was also a great compliment to the overall flavors, though it could be omitted as well, or substituted with other cheeses like cream cheese or Brie.

Give it a try as a quick and easy way to start out a fall meal!

What’s your favorite way to use apples?

Apple Cranberry Sage Bites
Serves: 24 bites
What You Need
  • 1 large red onion (1 cup minced)
  • 4 medium apples (5 cups chopped)
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped sage (or 4 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Parmesan cheese (or your favorite cheese: blue cheese, aged cheddar, Brie, or cream cheese)
  • Crackers, bread, or pita wedges for serving
What To Do
  1. Mince 1 cup red onion. Core 4 apples and chop them into bite-sized chunks. Chop the sage.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add red onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Add apple, sage, and ⅓ cup dried cranberries. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the 2 tablespoons brandy. Allow to cool slightly, and add a bit of kosher salt to taste.
  4. Serve over crackers or bread, garnished with shaved Parmesan cheese.


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  • Reply
    September 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

    These look and sound wonderful. Sadly, my crazy schedule has kept me from getting to the BR Farmer’s Market at all this year. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can change that!

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      September 22, 2011 at 9:52 am

      Ha. I can’t imagine what keeps you busy! Maybe we’ll see you at the market sometime soon :)

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    [email protected]
    September 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    What a wonderful little appetizer. Love the flavors you combined for these color bits.

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    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    September 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Aw, Broadripple… I feel nostalgic even though I’ve really only been there twice. :) These look beautiful!

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      September 22, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Haha! Thanks :)

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    Fran {The Flavorful Fork}
    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    These little morsels look delicious! I love using sage especially now that we are moving into Fall.

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    November 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    These look so delicious! I’ve been searching for a new appetizer to try for Thanksgiving, and I think this will be a wonderful precursor to dinner! A great palate-primer!

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    October 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Great versatile recipe. Made it yesterday for a dinner party. I served it on home made wheat thins spread with a little goat cheese. Big hit. Then this morning on pumpkin waffles and for dinner over pork chops! Yum.

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