Central Market is having Apple Fest, throught October 3rd. As part of their sponsored campaign we went to check it out.
Fall is definitely my favorite food season. Pumpkin, apples, pomegranates, winter squash and other autumn ingredients are welcome after the summer months of grilling and light foods. Of all the fall flavors, apples are always one of the most fun to work and cook with.
As we entered the Central Market in South Austin, we were greeted with bins of apples, with several varieties from differing origins. I grabbed our household favorite Honeycrisp apples and a few others to try.
Around the corner were more and more apples, as well as samples of Cheese Tortellini in Garlic Butter Sauce, which was surprisingly delicious, reminding me of apples dipped in cheese fondue. I love seeing apples utilized in savory dishes.
New to us this trip, we tried Zestar Apples, which were similar to Honeycrisp apples, but slightly tarter. The Queen Apple was also sweet and great for a snack. This got me questioning why red delicious apples are so popular when there are so many other options!
Throughout the store, apples were available in seemingly every form. For example, I tried the fresh apple and orange juice, which was a perfect blend for the early fall.
In the meat section were tempting pork chops stuffed with apples, cranberries and pecans. There were also several varieties of apple smoked bacon and apple bacon marinated sirloin.
Walking through the store, we came across another delicious sample: apple pie cinnamon rolls, apple crumble ice cream and a warm caramel sauce. There seems to be no such thing as too much apple.
So, what did I bring home?
For a quick lunch, a salad with apples, gouda cheese, walnuts, craisins, celery and what I think was jicama. We tried four different types of apples, with Honeycrisps still reining supreme.
For a drink, we went with an apple soda. The Cawston apple soda is made with 70% apple juice and is only sweetened with the natural sugar from the apples.
I grabbed some white cheddar cheese and my favorite bread from Central Market, the Seedsation loaf, to make a grilled cheese sandwich. The tart green apple was a perfect complement to the cheese and created a delicious sandwich.
For dessert, an apple cake hit the spot, served with salted caramel ice cream.
One family member that couldn't be forgotten is Coco, our dog. For her, a simple but appreciated treat, sliced apple with Central Market peanut butter.
You shouldn't be left out either! Go check out the Apple Festival at Central Market through October 3rd.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Central Market.