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10 Uses for Your Apple Haul That Aren't Pie: A Post-Picking Dilemma Solved

It's one of the most fun fall activities, but what to do with all of those apples you picked? Sure pie is great, but we have a whole host of inspirations savory, sweet, and even decorative for your orchard haul, from cocktails to Thanksgiving stuffing to apple pizza (seriously!) -- even appletastic votive candles!

Photography by: Mike Krautter

Apple Smoothie

If apples aren't part of your usual smoothie rotation, now's the time! This morning elixir pairs orange juice, banana, and a touch of honey with chopped apple for a refreshingly autumnal start to the day (or mid-afternoon pick-me-up).

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Chestnut and Apple Stuffing

Sweet, tangy, and able to stand up to heat, apples are a perfect addition to this holiday-ready stuffing. Fragrant sage and crunchy cooked chestnuts add even more depth to the stuffing, which gets its heft from bite-size pieces of Italian bread. 

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Photography by: Rob Tannenbaum

Apple Pizza

This sweet twist on pizza is as close to pie as we're going. It's one of those magic desserts that screams elegance and hard work but is really a snap to make. Pie dough is topped with applesauce then artfully layered with Granny Smith apple slices before being baked to golden perfection. A drizzle of warmed apricot jam adds a final flourish to this apple-centric version of pizza.

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Slow-Cooker Pear and Apple Butter

Sure to become a staple at your table, this apple and pear butter is a delicious way to diminish your overwhelming apple haul in a jiffy. Brown sugar, a touch of coarse salt, cinnamon, apples, and pears meld together in the slow cooker -- and emerge as the very essence of autumn. Plus, this fruit butter serves as the base for these crowd-pleasing Apple Pie Pops which are, quite frankly, irresistible.

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Cider-Bourbon Cocktail

It doesn't call for a lot of fresh apple -- just a slice per drink -- but we think this cocktail is totally worth making. Sweet apple cider cuts the intensity of whiskey, and the frosty mix gets a tasty tang from lemon juice and fresh ginger. Garnish with sliced apple  -- we won't judge if you use more than the recipe calls for.

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Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

It's mostly butternut squash, but what makes this glorious soup extra special is the tart apple -- plus the spices! And this is not the only soup where apple stars. Try creamy Curried Apple Soup or Celery Root and Ginger Gold Apple Soup.

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Apple Slaw

It's rather hard to find a fall salad or side that's hearty and filling yet still feels light, but this supremely simple slaw does the trick. Thinly sliced red cabbage is tossed with julienned apple and a simple dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, and a hint of ginger. Make this in mass quantities for a get-together or holiday, and you'll use up many an apple in delicious, crunchy fashion.

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Pork and Apple Stew

Sweet yet tart, apples are a perfect counterpoint to rich pork, particularly in this cozy, comforting Alsatian stew that's just right for a chilly fall night. It's a hearty dish starring cabbage and potatoes alongside pork tenderloin and tangy Granny Smith apples.

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Apple Cinnamon Matzo Brei

This fall take on the classic Jewish dish matzo brei is a must when you have a surfeit of apples and/or a hankering for a sweet breakfast (or around Passover when it's all matzo all day!). Apples are cooked down with cinnamon, raisins, sugar, and butter, then poured over the matzo brei and served with crunchy roasted pecans.

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Apple Votives

Put your apples to decorative use for a simple, gorgeous holiday party accent. Instead of bobbing for apples, let guests enjoy these festive floating apple votive candles -- as they sip their apple cocktail or slurp their butternut squash and apple soup?!

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