This recipe is a composite of several different recipes that my wife found online. She made these last night when we served Sweet Tea Brined Pork Tenderloin to houseguests. Apple typically complements pork well in general, so these would also pair well with Pork Chops, or even Pulled Pork. Note: I am a carnivore by nature and believe fruit to be an affront to God. I am, specifically, not a fan of mushy, baked apples (outside of apple pie) and even I thought these were a great addition to the meal.
2 baking apples (we used Braeburn)
2 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise pods (Pro Tip: You’ll find anise seed on the spice aisle of your supermarket, but I found the whole 8 pointed pods on the Latin food aisle.)
1/2 teaspoon all-spice
Extra cinnamon for flavor
2 cups apple cider
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup butter
1.Preheat oven to 325.
2. Wash and cut apples in half top to bottom, then remove core, seeds and stems. Dip in lemon juice to prevent browning or wait to cut and core until step 3 is completed. Place cut side down in baking dish.
3. Simmer cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise, allspice, apple cider, apple vinegar, and butter on stove top for about 5 minutes until butter is melted completely.
4. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon then ladle liquid mixture over apples.
5. Bake about 30 minutes or until semisoft. Keep warm until serving or reheat.