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Portland Nursery

Apple Tasting Recipes

Chefs from the Oregon Culinary Institute have shared with us some of their best apple and pear recipes. Enjoy!

Also, we have a handy Savor the Flavor handout plus a How to Store your Apples

Use this list to jump to Recipe Lists:

Entrees and Sides


Soups and Breads





Sauces (and cider)



Apple Recipes

Apple & Pear Recipes

Pear Chutney

by Dan Brophy
Yield: about 2 quarts


2 quarts firm ripe pears, peeled and chopped
½ cup dried apricots, diced
1 medium onion, peeled, cored and diced
1 ½ cup brown sugar
1 Tblsp  whole yellow mustard seed
2 Tablespoons crystallized ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 hot red pepper, optional
2 ½ cups apple cider vinegar


Combine all ingredients in heavy stock pot. Cook slowly until thickened and reduced about 45 minutes. Stir more frequently toward the end. Can be cooked in oven in lieu of stove top cooking. Cover and refrigerate.

Apple-Cranberry Compote

2 firm apples, peeled, cored, diced
2 cups apple sauce, see recipe below
½ cup dried cranberries
2 Tbsp honey or raw sugar

Simmer apples until slightly tender. If dry moisten with small amount of apple juice or cider. Add apple sauce. Bring to a simmer. Add cranberries. Sweeten with honey or sugar. Can be served warm or chilled.

Variations: Add 2 Tbsp peeled, shredded ginger or ¼ cup Apple Brandy or combination of cinnamon, cloves and allspice.

Serving suggestions: over pancakes or French toast, or serve with roasted chicken, or potato pancakes