Raise your hands if you’ve ever been apple picking… this is one of fall’s best family outings! Pull on a wool sweater, grab a bucket and some hot apple cider and gather up as many of fall’s favorite fruit as you can. It’s a great outdoor activity the whole family can get into – or you parents can sit back and relax while the kiddos tackle the trees! A few tips for your day in the orchard:
Apple-picking season usually begins in early September and lasts through November (apples keep well in cold storage, which is why we can also enjoy them in July!).
Choose apples that are heavy for their size and feel firm when pressed gently. Avoid bruised fruit. For the longest shelf life, store apples in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. And for more tips on picking the right fruits, check out my post here.
To find a place near you to pick apples, check out sites like this one: http://www.pickyourown.org/
Once you’ve got those babies at home, try this very Gourmet Dad version of a grilled cheese – you can make this for the whole family and simply omit the ingredients the kids (or you!) aren’t crazy about.
Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon
- A few slices of your favorite melt-y cheese – Fontina, Swiss or classic cheddar are great options
- An apple, cored and very thinly sliced
- 2 slices of your favorite bread
- 3 strips of bacon (regular or turkey – or tofu, if ya like!), cooked and cut in half
- butter (enough for buttering bread)
Preheat grill pan or skillet over medium heat.
Butter one side of each slice of bread. Arrange half of the cheese slices on the un-buttered side of once slice of bread. Then layer on the bacon, sliced apples, and finally the other half of the cheese carefully on top. Top with the other slice of bread, and gently transfer to the skillet.
Cook sandwich on both sides until golden brown and the cheese has begun to melt, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Pair this with some soup or a salad and you’ve got a delicious fall meal!
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