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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Fried Apples

These are a favorite of so many. Fried apples make a great addition to any meal. When I was growing up, we had apple trees, and in the fall, we had a lot of fried apples for dinner. Going to Cracker Barrel reminds me of enjoying old-style home cooking, and their fried apples remind me of growing up. One thing is for certain: your house will be smelling fresh and full of apple-cinnamon goodness when you prepare these.

bowl of fried apples

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Please note, the video features apples that are not peeled, you can should peel the apples if you want them exactly like the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. The portion of cooking with the lid on was omitted. You can add a little squeeze of lemon for enhanced flavor.

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

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  • Recipe Type: Side dish
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Serves: 8
Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are the perfect side dish to make at any meal. In the fall, when apples are being harvested, I could not think of a more perfect dish for dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings, or 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 6 tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced - (video demonstrates this with apples that were not peeled, personal choice should be made).
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • Squeeze of lemon - optional

Instructions

In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings or butter. Spread the apples evenly over the skillet bottom. Sprinkle the lemon juice over them, followed by the brown sugar and salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, until apples are tender and juicy. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve. You can add a squeeze of lemon at the finish for enhanced flavor, this is optional.

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  • kirsten109

    Just tried this recipe. Although they are good, I wouldn’t rank them up there with Cracker Barrel. I can definitely taste the bacon grease. I found another recipe that uses apple juice and then thicken it with flour or corn starch. I think I’ll try that one.

  • Nancy

    Directions in video and written instructions do not match. In video apples are unpeeled and cooked without a lid. And I don’t remember salt being added in video and lemon was added to apples in a bowl before adding to skillet. Not sure which directions to follow.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Great point.
      Yes, I did not peel the videos in the apple. This was an oversight on my part. We did not film the recipe with the lid on, this was a poor choice in editing. And I did squeeze a lemon in the video. I will modify the recipe online for the modifications I made. Video has been a learning process for me, and now that I have shot 200+ videos since this one, I do things differently. I’ll will see if I can reshoot this one in the future.

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  • Marlene

    corn starch will thicken the syrup

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  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.murray.7 Liz Murray

    Great receipe. In the South we use bacon grease to season everything but had not thought about it with apples.

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  • kristina

    i ate my apples and it was sour what should i do to make it taste less sour?

  • karen

    This is close to my family recipe. We use 1/8 c butter & 1/8 c bacon drippings. Can put C.B. to shame : )

  • Laura

    Made these last night. My husband thought he had died & gone to heaven,,

  • Wintersbloom

    MM…Perfect. My live in babysitter, Peggy used to keep a coffee can of bacon greace under the sink…she swore it had majical proporties. LOL..tasted good anyway; ). Thanks for the recipie. Getting ready for Easter dinner and discovering the cheap meats I used when I “had” to are still the tastiest today. The sides , such as these apples make the meal. Happy Holidays!

  • http://www.facebook.com/NancyBrickhousePelletier Nancy Brickhouse Pelletier

    Hey Stephanie. I was wondering, do you think that sweet potatoes could be used in the place of apples in this recipe? I have a friend who loves sweet potatoes and I am always trying to find different ways of cooking them.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think they would work well. They don’t have juice like apples do. Now what does go well together is baked apples and sweet potatoes.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/fakesarah Sarah Jean Spanos

    I’m using Granny Smith and I still don’t have a thick syrup. Watery at best :( What can I do?

    • Stephanie Manley

      Turn up the heat, and let everything cook down. Are you using butter, margarine, or bacon grease? If you are using a butter spread it isn’t going to work.

  • Anonymous

    I am not a brave enough person to try canning these. I can can things, but I am not willing to put my limited knowledge of canning to test where it could endanger people. I do not create any canning recipes. I only use recipes from my Ball canning guide.

  • Anonymous

    I would also like to know if it is possible to can apples like this?

  • Lilballerina325

    Is it possible to can this?

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  • Erick

    What type of apples work best? I used Honeycrisp, which were good, but seemed to have a very high water content and I didnt get the thick syrup I expected.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You need to use apples that are meant for cooking, something like a Granny Smith, or another tart apple work best. Honey Crisp are wonderful to eat raw, but I don’t think they cook up very well.

  • http://www.kitchycooking.com Jennifer

    Sounds delish. Instead of bacon drippings, is it possible to use butter?

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      Yes you can use butter instead.

  • Kitty

    Bacon dripping has always been used to season food in the south. Most had a specific can that set on the stove top to pour the grease in so you could just get a spoon full or two to cook with.

    • Some guy

      Well, yeah. It’s rendered lard.

  • Sheila

    Bacon drippings are a definite must if you can use it. What goes with pork chops? Applesauce! What is bacon? Pork….trust me on this one, it doesn’t taste like “bacon”.

  • http://www.notableblogger.com Christy B.

    Very good! We can’t use bacon drippings because of a pork allergy, so used canola instead. Delicious! Thank you!

    • Kitty

      You can use a couple of drops of Liquid Smoke ( Hickory Flavor you can find this at the grocery) in with any oil or liquid to give that flavor without using the actual fat.

      • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

        Kitty,
        Great idea on the liquid smoke. I keep some handy, it is my secret ingredient for when I make my balsamic-vinegar salad dressing.

  • yooperwannabe

    I have to admit to skepticism about the whole bacon drippings idea, but I tried this recipe anyway. OMG!! It is EXACTLY like Cracker Barrel. I would have never, in a million years, expected this outcome. Kudos!! (My 1 1/2 yr. old daughter is pleased as punch, too!!)

  • http://Website(optional) Brenden

    I’m sure margarine can be substituted for the bacon drippings.

  • Ashley

    My grandmother used to make them with bacon grease and the taste of the bacon grease was undetectable. They were delicious.

  • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

    The last time we tested, and tried this recipe was a couple of years ago. It is possible the recipe has been changed since then. I’ll keep it in mind to review the recipe again in the near future. Thanks for your comments!
    Stephanie

  • mwatson

    I didn’t taste any bacon drippings in the fried apples . I would not be able to eat it because of indigestion.Are you sure bacon drippings?? I will probally use canola spray instead.Thanks

  • dutchess

    Are you sure about the bacon drippings? I detect any of that flavor in the apples when I’ve ate them. I’m hesitant to use it.