We spiced things up this week and asked Mrs. Megan Wiley to choose the secret ingredient. She chose a seasonal item: apples! The Culinary Couple teamed up for this one, so as you can imagine it was nothing short of perfection.
The menu: First course was a hearty soup of Ginger Gold apples (mild and spicy), sweet potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, lemon zest, and cinnamon. Pureed in a standard blender and served with parsley. (An immersion blender is on Emily’s culinary wish list!) The main dish was stuffed pork chops, oozing with an apple stuffing consisting of Honey Crisp apples (sweet and tart), breadcrumbs, onions, celery, sugar, and spices. Of course, this seasonal fare was accompanied by Pumpkin Ales. Apple pie was the obvious dessert choice, but we were feeling adventurous. Our creation included Granny Smith apples (crisp and juicy) stuffed with raspberries baked in a sauce of brown sugar and honey with a side of French vanilla ice cream.
Ahh, the sweet aroma of Autumn. Stuffed pork, stuffed apples … Needless to say, by the end of this battle, we were stuffed!
–Nick and Emily
Recipes from the Battle