Growing up, we did not have apple butter in my house that I can remember. I am not sure why…as far as I know, it was just not a thing that my mom bought. Maybe she has a reason that I will hear about after she reads this post. (Hi, Mom!)
I remember one time, probably when I was in 4th or 5th grade, I went to a friend’s house for lunch and her mom asked if I wanted jelly or apple butter on my peanut butter sandwich. Apple butter?!?! At the time, I had no idea what that was, so I stuck with the safe choice and went with the jelly. That was my first encounter with apple butter, however my official introduction did not happen until years later.
Even so, up until recently, I still associated apple butter with peanut butter sandwiches. But now I have seen that it can be used for much more! There are actually many delicious things you can do with apple butter.
The apple butter topic has come up as part of Big Summer Potluck, a food blogger weekend I am attending in a few days (so excited!!). Musselman’s is holding a contest for the attendees to come up with a recipe using apple butter. Since prior to completing this activity I was rather apple butter-challenged, the task had me a bit stumped for a while. I wasn’t coming up with any ideas and time was ticking away! Finally, I went out and bought a jar, and tasted it, and thought, and thought, and thought (and then thought some more). I even poked around on the internet to hopefully spark some inspiration and also to try to avoid duplicating something already out there. Not sure where it came from, but somehow an idea popped into my head to use the apple butter to make a tangy, sweet and cider-y dressing. I am so pleased with how this recipe turned out, I am going to use it going forward as a dish to bring to summer picnics or use any time of year as a tasty side dish!
The family verdict?
Thing 1 loved it.
DH loved it.
Thing 2 (**sigh**) was hoping for a little less in the snow pea department. He also picked out the craisins and walnuts. But, he enjoyed the broccoli with the dressing on it, and of course the French fried onions, so I consider it a score! (I did not ask for an actual rating from Thing 2…I think he would be unfairly harsh on this dish because of the craisins…he REALLY does not like them!!)
- ¼ cup Musselman's Apple Butter
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large clove garlic, smashed to a paste
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1 cup snow peas (about 2 handfuls)
- ¾ cup craisins
- ¾ cup walnuts
- 1 cup French fried onions
- Whisk together apple butter, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Fill a large pot about ⅔ with water and heat until boiling.
- Add broccoli florets and snow peas to boiling water. Leave them in for about 30-40 seconds, then drain and rinse with cold water until they are cool.
- Drain as much water as possible from the veggies and pat them with a cloth or paper towel to dry them a bit.
- Place the broccoli and snow peas in a large bowl, pour the dressing over them and toss to coat.
- Mix in the craisins and walnuts.
- Right before serving, sprinkle the French fried onions on top.
Note: This recipe was entered in the Musselman’s Apple Butter Recipe Contest for Big Summer Potluck 4. I received no compensation or product. As always, opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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