In My Kitchen: Fried Arkansas Black Apples

Arkansas Black apples are a rare breed of apple and hard to find. I saw this recipe in Southern Living a few days before my husband and I went apple picking up in Oak Glen. I put the recipe aside, thinking I’d never find Arkansas Black apples.

But lo and behold, we went to Los Rios Rancho and one of the apple varieties you can pick is Arkansas Black! We picked a bunch and headed home so I could make this amazing dish.

You’ll need:

  • 3-5 unpeeled Arkansas Black apple slices
    1/4 cup unsalted butter
    3 tablespoons apple cider
    1/3 cup light brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.

2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
3. Add half the apple slices in a single layer (don’t overcrowd the pan). Cook, turning once, until slightly softened but still firm, about 3 minutes.

4. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining apple slices.
5. Return cooked apple slices to hot skillet. Add cider and brown sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until apples are glazed, brown and tender, about 4 minutes.

6. Serve warm.

Source: Adapted from a recipe by Southern Living

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