Fried Apples

So, has anyone tasted the fried apples at Cracker Barrel? To be honest, I haven’t, but it is one of my mother in laws absolute favorites! She has been trying to copy the recipe for years, so I thought it would be fun when I found this one in a 40′s cookbook:

They took a lot of time and watching over and when my mother in law tasted them, she was kind, but they did not measure up to Cracker Barrel! She said they weren’t very sweet and I would agree. They were almost savory. I didn’t mind them, but I was trying to figure out when and how I would eat them.  A side dish to pancakes? A fruit to serve with pork chop, maybe…

Here is the recipe. I am including what I would do to make it sweeter in italics. Maybe someone out there can remember their Grandma making this and how she did it or how she served it? Let us know!

Fried Apples


  • 8 apples, cored, quartered and sliced medium thin
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 T. honey
  • 3 T. bacon drippings
  • 2 T. water
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. water


  1. Put drippings in a large cast iron skillet and when hot add apples.
  2. Sprinkle with salt and add honey mixed with water.
  3. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes, the reduce heat to low.Add brown sugar and water, if using.
  4. Requires 25-35 minutes to finish cooking.
  5. Your apples should still hold their shape.

Serves 4. (I think this is too generous. I would say 6-8 as a side dish.)

My 10 inch cast iron skillet wasn’t quite large enough! Apples spilled every time I stirred. Try a 12 inch!

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