Spiced sweetness for cold & rainy days – a delight for your taste buds
I met Patricia, one of my good friends, the other day and asked her what my newest recipe for the blog should be. I feel like I’ve been making plenty of sweets recently and was looking for something savory, yet easy and winter-like. She told me to make roast apples, but I thought it was another sweet dish. So jokingly she said: “Well, make savory roast apples then.” And, quite frankly, I thought the idea was brilliant.
Roast apples in Austria are traditionally filled with jam, nuts and marzipan, but I figured it might be nice to bring a little Indian / Moroccan flavor into the whole dish. Therefore, I decided to go for curried basmati rice with a hint of cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, which is complemented incredibly well by the sweet, soft apple. The almonds add a nice crunch, so texture-wise this is a really nice dish, too. 🙂
You can eat these apples as a stand-alone vegetarian dish, or use them as side dish with lamb, roast chicken or turkey.
You’re in for a REAL treat, so let’s get going! 🙂
6 medium apples, washed
120g basmati rice
zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp curry powder
2 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 large hand full chipped almonds
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350°F.
2. Heat basmati rice with twice the amount of water, curry powder, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves and salt in a small pot until boiling. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat and let simmer until all the water has been absorbed.
3. While the rice is cooking, lightly toast the chipped almonds in a small pan until golden and crispy. Take off the heat and set aside.
4. Cut off the top of your apples. Then use a melon baller to carve out the apple including the core. Leave around 1cm / 0.5 in on the sides.
5. Once the rice is done, discard cinnamon stick, cloves and cardamom pods. Add lemon zest and toasted almonds and stir through.
6. Fill the carved-out apples with rice and put the apple top on top. If necessary, you can secure the apple top with a tooth pick. Place in an ovenproof dish and drizzle with honey.
7. Place in the oven for around 15 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
When I first tried them I couldn’t help but think these apples are simple awesome. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 🙂