Apple Nachos are a deconstructed caramel apple. No dipping required — it’s just slice and drizzle. Fun recipe to share.
These cold, winter nights can test even the most cheerful among us.
During the darkest months of the year, I’m embracing hygge, a Danish word that means doing things to foster a sense of coziness, contentment and well-being.
How to pronounce hygge
I’m not Dutch, but this two-syllable word, hygge, sounds like: hew-guh. But how you do it is more important than how you say it!
The hygge life is about feeding your soul. The things you do for self care.
Like lighting candles, wrapping up in a blanket to read, sitting near the fire with a cat on my lap, or eating with friends, this nesting and comfort gives me time to press the pause button. But more, it helps keep the winter blues at bay. When I appreciate the scent of a warm cup of tea, the glow from a fire, the purring of a cat, I feed my heart and head. Rather than a winter of discontent, these small actions help me feel better and improve my mental and emotional state making this a season of content. Are you with me?
Other ways to get your hygge groove may be spending time
- with people, like a pizza party
- outdoors, like a long walk in nature,
- tidying up and reducing clutter,
- taking care of yoself by getting the sleep you need and nourishing, delish food,
In the kitchen, hygge is enhanced with spending time in the kitchen cooking together or alone:
- Making soup
- Sipping hot chocolate or masala chai
- Baking blueberry scones or cornbread
- Dipping a cookie in milk
- Popping corn
- Sharing food like these apple nachos
Sharing fresh, sweet and salty crunchy nibbles, apple nachos were love at first bite. My mom and husband hovered as I made these. They couldn’t wait to dig it. Feeling all the hygge, we stood in the kitchen, reaching over each other to scoop our apples. We liked the fresh, crunchy apple with the sweet and salty toppings plus they were just fun to eat.
Apples are a prebiotic. They help increase helpful gut bacteria. One apple has about 4 grams of fiber. Leave the peel on to get the fiber and phytochemicals. Wash apples with running water before cutting.
How to keep apples for browning
When air hits a freshly cut apple, the oxygen in the air activates an enzyme in the fruit, which cause it the fruit to brown. Heat and acid inactivate the browning enzyme.
- Heat halts the reaction.
- Acid, such as ascorbic acid lowers the pH of the enzyme. Ascorbic acid is also know as vitamin C.
- Ascorbic acid is naturally found in lemons, so lemon juice prevents browning.
- Fruit Fresh contains ascorbic acid. The vitamin C solution prevents browning.
- A mild salt water solution of half a teaspoon kosher salt per cup of water also prevents browning.
But these are fresh apple nachos, so if you can, slice them just before you want to serve them. Or buy bagged sliced apples to make it even more convenient.
Apple Nachos are a deconstructed caramel apple. No dipping required — just slice, sprinkle with nuts, pretzels, pomegranate seeds, cacao nibs, coconut or dried cherries, crystallized ginger and a chocolate and caramel drizzle.
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Apple Nachos are a deconstructed caramel apple. No dipping required — it’s just slice and drizzle.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: Snacks
Wash and quarter the apples. Leave the peel. That’s where most of the fiber and phytochemicals are. Remove the core. Slice apples into ¼-inch slices. Spread apples over platter. Scatter nuts, fruit, and pretzels over top. Drizzle with caramel and chocolate syrups.