Monday Night Meal: Apple Recipes

Monday Night Meal with Rachael Perron

Monday Night Meal with Rachael Perron

It’s definitely apple season and they aren’t just for snacking.  Rachael Perron with Kowalski’s Markets shares a couple recipes for using apples in your main dish for some tasty Monday Night Meals presented by Nordic Ware Factory Store

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3 tbsp. Kowalski’s Unsalted Butter
4 Fuji apples, peeled and cored, cut into about 8 wedges each
⅓ cup brown sugar
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch kosher salt
½ cup Kowalski’s Minnesota Grown Apple Cider

  1. In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in apples.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook for 10 min., stirring occasionally.
  3. Add apple cider; continue cooking until liquid is reduced by ½ (about 5 min.).

Find It!

  • Kowalski’s Minnesota Grown Apple Cider is available seasonally in the Produce Department.


2 tbsp. Kowalski’s Signature Northwoods Grill Seasoning (from the Meat Department)
¼ cup Dijon mustard, divided
3-4 lb. Kowalski’s Naturally Raised Pork Shoulder
2 tbsp. Kowalski’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup dry white wine, divided
1 cup Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Apple Grille Sauce (from the Deli Department)
– finely chopped fresh rosemary, sage and thyme, to taste
1 recipe Sautéed Apples
– fresh pomegranate seeds

In a small mixing bowl, stir together seasoning and 3 tbsp. mustard; rub mixture evenly over pork. Place in an extra-large bowl; cover and refrigerate for 8-24 hrs. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add pork; cook, turning frequently, until browned on all sides (about 10 min.). Add ½ of the wine to the pan; cook, covered, in a preheated 350° oven until pork is very tender (about 45 min. per lb.). Remove pork from the pan; let rest on a carving board, covered with foil. Place the pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat; add remaining wine and mustard. Bring to a boil, scraping up brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Strain sauce and return to pan; add grille sauce and cook until mixture is reduced by ½. Remove pan from the heat; season with fresh herbs to taste. Coarsely chop or pull pork into large hunks. Place Sautéed Apples on a serving platter next to hunks of pork. Drizzle pork with sauce from the pan; garnish platter with pomegranate seeds.

2 cups Kowalski’s Apple Cider
½ cup semisweet white wine (such as gewürztraminer or riesling)
2 tbsp. Kowalski’s Unsalted Butter
1 ¼ lbs. parsnips, peeled and sliced ½” thick
1 ¼ lbs. carrots, peeled and sliced ½” thick
1 ¼ lbs. rutabagas, peeled and sliced ½” thick
1 lb. apples, peeled and sliced ½” thick
– kosher salt and freshly ground Kowalski’s Black Peppercorn, to taste- fresh herbs (such as rosemary or thyme), for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Add cider and wine to a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce heat sufficiently to maintain a high simmer; cook until reduced to ½ cup (about 20 min.).
  4. Remove from heat; whisk in butter.
  5. Toss vegetables and apples with cider reduction; season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour onto 2 large rimmed baking sheets lined with parchment paper; roast vegetables in preheated oven until tender and dark golden-brown (35-40 min.).
  7. Garnish with herbs. 

Find It!

  • Kowalski’s Apple Cider is available seasonally in the Produce Department.