It’s that time again for another Recipe Redux post. Here is a look at what we have going on this month:

October 2014 – Theme

Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)

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The ingredient I chose for this challenge is ground cloves. Cloves are dried flower buds that add a deep, sweet aroma to dishes. They have a strong flavor and a little bit goes a long way. After that one time I made a dish completely inedible due to my heavy hand with this spice I have been hesitant to add it into dishes.

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Cloves pair nicely with cinnamon and since I still have an abundance of Honeycrisp apples in the fridge I decided to make homemade applesauce. It is apple season after all and nothing says fall like the taste and smell of cooked apples, cinnamon and spices. The key to using ground cloves is figuring out how to subtly incorporate it into cooking, which is exactly what I did here and I could not be happier with the results. Not only is this applesauce simple to throw together but it’s healthy and delicious too. It’s generously spiced and perfectly sweet.

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If you prefer a slightly chunky applesauce, as pictured, simply stir and mash the apples with a large spoon. If not, get out your immersion blender and puree to your desired likeness. This applesauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or kept in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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Crock Pot Applesauce
 
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Serves: 5-6 cups
Ingredients
  • 10 medium to large apples, peeled and chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1½ tablespoons agave
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
Directions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a crock pot. Set on low and cook for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove cinnamon stick when finished cooking. For a smooth consistency use immersion blender or if you prefer it chunky simply stir and mash the apples with a large spoon.
  2. Store applesauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 6 months.