Herbed Applesauce

This sweet herbed applesauce is packed full of fresh fall apples, thyme and rosemary. It pairs perfectly with savory dishes and is great for Thanksgiving.

This sweet herbed applesauce is packed full of fresh fall apples, thyme and rosemary. It pairs perfectly with savory dishes and is great for Thanksgiving.

I’m obsessed with apples right now. When I go into the store if I see fresh local apples I cannot help but buy a giant handful. The other day my husband asked me if I planned on actually using the apples instead of just buying them and filling up my fruit bowl.

Yeah, I’m that girl. I buy stuff that looks beautiful in the store and then get home with zero ideas on how to use it. Just like last week when I bought 3 pounds of concord grapes with zero idea on what to make with them. *Spoiler Alert* I mushed them just a little and poured vodka over them. Hello infused vodka!

This sweet herbed applesauce is packed full of fresh fall apples, thyme and rosemary. It pairs perfectly with savory dishes and is great for Thanksgiving.

So I decided to take some of my apples and make applesauce. I know applesauce isn’t anything original but I decided to jazz it up a bit by adding rosemary and thyme instead of cinnamon. It’s a nice savory twist to the classic overly cinnamon flavored apple puree.

I ended up eating this applesauce right out of the skillet (mmmm…warm applesauce) but I think it would be awesome if paired with pork chops.

This sweet herbed applesauce is packed full of fresh fall apples, thyme and rosemary. It pairs perfectly with savory dishes and is great for Thanksgiving.

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Herbed Applesauce

This sweet herbed applesauce is packed full of fresh fall apples, thyme and rosemary. It pairs perfectly with savory dishes and is great for Thanksgiving.

Yield: about 2 cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutes

Ingredients:

2 pounds apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1/3 cup apple cider (more as needed)
2-4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 (4 inch) piece fresh rosemary

Directions:

In a large saucepan set over medium heat add apples, cider, 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar, thyme and rosemary.

Cook until the apples soften and all of their juice is released, about 35 minutes. As your cooking down your apples if the pan gets dry simply add more apple cider. Remove the rosemary and thyme.

If you want a chunkier applesauce simply smash them in the pan using a potato masher. If you want a smoother consistency remove the hot apples to a food processor or blender (I used my Vitamix)

If you pureed your apples add them back to the saucepan and simmer gently until you reach your desired consistency. Taste for sweetness and add more brown sugar if needed.

Eat plain or serve with savory dishes such as pork chops.

29 Responses to “Herbed Applesauce”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 17, 2014 at 5:36 am

    I can only imagine how yummy this is! Loving the herbs!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — September 17, 2014 at 7:24 am

    My hubby LOVES apple sauce with pork…but I am terrible and always buy it. Clearly, this will change our dinner lives! Pinned!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 17, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I LOVE homemade applesauce! I can’t wait to try your version 🙂

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

    What??? LOVE the herbs in this applesauce!!! Good thing we went apple picking last weekend and I still have 10lbs of apples to use up!

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — September 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

    YES please! The pork and applesauce?! This savory addition I am all over. Yum!

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    Marly — September 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Love this recipe – and those photographs are stunning!

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — September 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Looove this! I wanna dollop this herby sauce all over my potato pancakes! BTW I’m that girl too, I get lured in by pretty produce and then I’m scrambling to come up with something to make before it spoils.

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    Claire Gallam — September 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the addition of herbs!!!

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    christine — September 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Love the herbs in here. Sounds like a great addition to a Thanksgiving table.

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    Paula - bell'alimento — September 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Love homemade applesauce!

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    Amanda @The Kitcheneer — September 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

    This applesauce looks absolutely perfect! And your pictures are gorgeous!

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — September 17, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I just love this! Can’t wait to try it and luckily I always have rosemary ready for such things!

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    Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — September 17, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I love the idea of adding herbs to homemade applesauce. Just yesterday I thought to myself that it had been so long since I had applesauce, as I decided to crack open one of those single-serve cups I religiously buy for my kids, definite disappointment. It’s time to put those great apples to use and make this recipe. : )

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    Cookin Canuck — September 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    We make applesauce in the crockpot every year, but I’ve never thought of adding some fresh herbs. What a fantastic idea!

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    Crystal Barrett — September 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Your pictures are STUNNING!!!!!!! I must learn how to take pictures like this! Also, homemade applesauce sounds lovely! Probably a lot more healthier than buying my kids those apple sauce pouches 🙂

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — September 17, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Apples and pork are made for each other! I’ve never thought to put savory herbs in applesauce, but it totally makes sense! Can’t wait to try it out!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — September 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I love the addition of the thyme and rosemary!! I would have never thought to put them in applesauce. Delish!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I used to make a lot of applesauce, when the kids were babies. I am dying to try your savory version! Sounds so good! Pinned!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — September 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve never thought of adding herbs to applesauce! Such a great idea!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — September 18, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    This is such a wild idea. I can’t believe I never thought of it. What a perfect idea to accompany meat in a meal. Kudo’s for this simple tasty idea

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — September 18, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    I really love the idea of using herbs in a more savory applesauce. It seems very elegant and so perfect for Thanksgiving!

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — September 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Adding herbs to applesauce is downright genius, lady! I really do hope you bring a jar to BHP!

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    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — September 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

    My apple obsession has just begun….will be adding this to the ever-growing list of apple recipes I need to make asap! Definitely bring a jar to BHP!!! Can’t wait to meet you. 🙂

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    Meseidy — September 19, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I have been wanting to make homemade applesauce! Love the addition of herbs!

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    Joanne Bruno — September 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I love how this is simultaneously sweet and savory and way more awesome than plain storebought applesauce is!

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    Amber — September 13, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Making this with the fire pit pork roast tonight as a welcome to fall here on our farm! Thank you for sharing this recipe! here is the link for the roast recipe if you want to give it a try. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/03/dining/cooking-pork-in-a-fire-pit.html?_r=0

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