Pioneer Cooking: Fried Apples’N’Onions

 

ingredientsThis is the recipe that Molly and I were anxiously awaiting. It sounds like an odd combination, as most of these pioneer recipes do, but Almanzo spoke so highly of it that we wanted to try it for ourselves. Fried Apples’N’Onions is mentioned in Farmer Boy as Almanzo’s favorite food:

… Almanzo said that what he liked most in the world was fried apples’n’onions.

When, at last, they went in to dinner, there on the table was a big dish of them! Mother knew what he liked best and she cooked it for him.

Almanzo ate four large helpings of apples’n’onions fried together. (73)

This recipe is on page 127 and 128 in the Little House Cookbook. Since the recipe is for six servings, we decided to cut it in half, as we were not serving that many people and we were not sure if we were going to love it as much as Almanzo. The recipe calls for bacon or salt pork and we used bacon as it was readily available to us. Then we used three tart apples and three yellow onions since we cut the recipe in half.

bread tipOnce you have all your ingredients ready, the recipe says to start frying the bacon. If multitasking is not your thing, you can start with the apples and onions like we did. When cutting the onions, the cookbook suggests holding a slice of bread in your mouth between your teeth to prevent you from crying. Molly tried it and did not find it helpful. I also would not recommend cutting the apples next to the onions like we did because by the end of it Molly and I were both crying.

chopping apples and onionsFor cutting that apples the recipe calls for a corer to core the apple and then cut it crosswise in circles. We had an apple corer that cut the apple into wedges, so we used that and then cut the apples into thinner slices. Once all the apples and onions were cut we fried the bacon, but again the cookbook says to fry the bacon and while doing that to start cutting the apples and onions. Either way will work, just do whatever you feel comfortable with.

After the meat is fried, keep a tablespoon of grease and pour out the rest. Then fry the onions in it for about three minutes. Once that is done add the apples and sprinkle some brown sugar over top. Cover the pan with a lid and cook the apples until they are tender, stirring periodically to prevent scorching.

 

Once the apples and onions are ready spread the mixture over the bacon or pork slices, which we broke into smaller pieces, and serve warm.

Molly and I were once again surprised, not necessarily that it was good, but that it lived up to all of Almanzo’s praises. If you are not an onion fan I would still recommend trying it as I do not like onions but did like this recipe and would eat it again!finished product

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3 comments on “Pioneer Cooking: Fried Apples’N’Onions

  1. Leanne Bunn says:

    I have made this but instead of brown sugar, I used maple syrup. I used link sausage (little pigs) and cut them in pieces.. It was tasty but don’t know that I’d do it again. Have to remember that we eat differently these days with so much more available to us.

  2. Everyone’s taste is different, I guess. I make fried apples by peeling, coring,slicing apples. Then coat each slice with sugar,front and back. I put butter to melt in the frying pan, place the sugar-coated apples in, then sprinkle generously with cinnamon. Cook on ‘low’. Stir occasionally (Can be covered) .When apples are soft, or semi-soft (depending how you like them), serve them right away with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and enjoy!
    It’s like having apple pie without the crust.
    p.s. It also makes the house smell great

  3. Ann Dahl says:

    This one of my favorites, though I do not use bacon. It’s just as good with only apples, onions, and a touch of brown sugar. Using bacon grease (even without the actual bacon) would surely enhance the flavor. I just use a bit of butter.

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