Fried Apples 'n' Onions

fried apples and onions

She's hungry for what Laura Ingalls Wilder ate — so dish it up.

Have you noticed how book food always sounds more delicious than real food? And it has a strange way of staying lodged in the memory long after the details of a story plot have faded.

This recipe — adapted from The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker — and our Hatbox Cake are tie-ins to a couple of my children's favorite stories. I hope you'll use them as the starting point for more bookish cooking adventures with your kids.

"He asked Royal, 'What would you like best to eat?' They talked about spareribs, turkey with dressing, baked beans, crackling cornbread, and other good things. But Almanzo said that what he liked most in the world was fried apples 'n' onions." — The Little House Cookbook

Hands-On Time: 30 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings (as a side dish)

Ingredients

    1/4 lb. bacon
    1/2 lb. yellow onions, chopped
    1 lb. apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Gala), cored, peeled if desired, and cut into 1-inch cubes
    1 tbsp. packed light-brown sugar

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove the slices and cool, then crumble bacon into a bowl.
  2. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of grease from the skillet, then add the onions and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until translucent and beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the apple and cook, stirring, until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the onion-apple mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in the crumbled bacon and salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

What's Good for You
Fiber is as important for little kids as it is for adults, and apples are a great source of it. Soluble fiber helps keep blood cholesterol in check and insoluble fiber aids in digestion.

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