And now for the last in the Southern Country Breakfast series. We enjoy fried apples for breakfast, but they also make a great side dish for a holiday ham, or even a dessert—just add a scoop of french vanilla ice cream on top of warm apples. They are very simple to make—you just need apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, and a little butter. I keep a shaker of cinnamon sugar on hand, which has 1 tablespoon of cinnamon for every 1/2 cup of sugar.
When Southerners talk about fried apples, there is always discussion on the best apples to use. Some people prefer Granny Smiths, some people like red apples, some people leave the skins on, some peel it off. My mother uses Red Delicious because they hold their shape well, and she peels them.
Southern Fried Apples
- large skillet with a lid
- 12 Red Delicious apples (peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 or 5 tablespoons cinnamon sugar (or to taste)
- Sprinkle lemon juice over the apples as you cut them to prevent browning.
- Melt butter in the skillet and add apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cook stirring over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until apples are fork tender, but not mushy, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.