They're definitely not just for pie! In addition to being delicious, these savory apple recipes are easy, too.

Whether you went apple picking and have a bushel of fruit to use or simply stocked up on your favorite varieties at the farmers' market or grocery store, you're probably looking for fresh, tasty apple recipes. Though we're big proponents of baking pies and other apple desserts, we highly suggest using apples in your main courses, too. Apples can play a delicious role in savory dishes, and they deserve a spot on your dinner table as something other than just applesauce. Here, we're sharing four of our favorite ways to use apples in your weeknight meals. Each of these dishes can be made in an hour or less, though you'll find that most of that is hands off cooking time. Plus, all are sweet and full of that quintessential fall fragrance of apple.

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Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

This combo is better than applesauce, trust us. Roasted Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Apples, pictured above, is a one-pan dinner that starts by searing the pork chops on the stovetop, then moves to the oven adding slices of sweet potato and vidalia onion and tucking apple slices between the pork chops for the last few minutes of roasting.

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Kielbasa, Apple, and Cheddar Pretzel Tart

Made with store-bought pizza dough, this irresistible savory tart takes just 25 minutes to put together (and needs another 25 minutes to bake). Our Kielbasa, Apple, and Cheddar Pretzel Tart is like pizza meets Octoberfest and it's sure to be everyone's favorite meal of the week.

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Spiced Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Apples plus cinnamon, cloves, and turmeric make this Butternut Squash Soup different and so comforting. Serve it with quesadillas for a winning fall dinner.

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Inside-Out Chicken and Stuffing

Another guaranteed crowd pleaser, Inside-Out Chicken and Stuffing is a sheet-pan dinner that gets sweetness from the diced apple in the stuffing. It takes 50 minutes total but only 10 minutes of prep.


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