Cracker Barrel fried apples are one of the most popular menu items at Cracker Barrel. These are a favorite of so many. Fried apples make a great addition to any meal. Did I mention this is one of those easy recipes you are going to love?
Thankfully, Cracker Barrel restaurants are on many major freeways so when you are traveling you can find a great breakfast or even a tasty lunch or dinner. I love their home-cooking style. It is hard to beat a good plate of meatloaf, chicken tenders, fried pork chops, or a hearty breakfast. They specialize in classic southern side dish recipes, and this copycat Cracker Barrel fried apples are going to be your goto new apple recipe.
One of their most popular recipes is for the Cracker Barrel fried apples. Who doesn’t love comfort food? While they don’t make them fresh in the restaurant you can make this copycat fried apple recipe with ease!
For those of us to have to drive to the Cracker Barrel, you can always make a copycat recipe to tide you over until you get to the real restaurant. The Cracker Barrel Fried Apples are delicious when you make them at home. In the restaurant, they aren’t made fresh, but you can make a copycat of their fried apples using fresh ingredients at home.
Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Ingredients
Here’s what you need to make fried apples:
- Bacon drippings or butter
- Golden delicious apples – or other tart apples
- Lemon juice
- Brown sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
How to Make Fried Apples Cracker Barrel Style
- Core apples and slice apples.
- In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings or butter.
- Spread apple slices evenly over the medium skillet bottom.
- Sprinkle the lemon juice over them, followed by the brown sugar and salt.
- Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, or until apples are tender and juicy.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve.
- You can add a squeeze of lemon at the finish for enhanced flavor.
To peel or not to peel
You can leave the peels on the apples or take them off, it is completely up to you. I think you can deviate from the recipe a bit if you want to use different types of apples in the recipe. I think by using a couple of different apples you can get a delicious flavor.
Please note the video below features apples that are not peeled. You can peel the apples if you want them exactly like they are at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant. The portion of cooking with the lid on was omitted. You can add a little squeeze of lemon for enhanced flavor.
What are the best type of apples for a fried apple recipe?
The Cracker Barrel uses the golden delicious type of apple, but there are many other apples that have a better flavor when you cook them. In fact, I recommend other types of apples over the golden delicious. Here are a few of my recommendations.
- Granny Smith apples have a citrusy-tart flavor, and they are very firm, so they don’t get mushy when cooked.
- Jonagold apples have a sweet honey flavor that holds up well when they are baked.
- Honeycrisp apples are sweet and tart with a hint of berry.
Want to get the best flavor imaginable? Make this recipe with a few different types of apples.
How to serve fried apples
My favorite thing about this recipe is this apple recipe can be served as either a delicious side dish during the main course or a dessert. If you make them as a side dish consider adding a little less sugar. If you want to serve them as a dessert, consider serving them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
How to store and reheat leftover fried apples
You can store this fried apple recipe by simply placing the leftover apples in an airtight container. They will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to five days. They can be reheated in the microwave for 2 to 5 minutes on medium heat depending upon the quantity you have leftover.
Can Cracker Barrel Fried Apples be frozen?
While you can freeze the leftover apples, I personally do enjoy the texture of frozen fried apples. Store them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Fried apples can be enjoyed as a side dish or even a dessert. There is nothing like Cracker Barrel Fried Apples in the fall! When you make them at home you can enjoy them even more.
Love Cracker Barrel? Check out these copycat recipes!
- Broccoli and Cheddar Chicken
- Hash Brown Casserole Cracker Barrel
- Easy Meatloaf Recipe with Ritz Crackers
- Tomato Cucumber Onion Salad
- Cherry Chocolate Cobbler
- Coca Cola Cake Cracker Barrel
- Cracker Barrel Southern Fried Chicken
More Fall and Apple Recipes
- Dutch Apple Pie Recipe
- Low Sugar Apple Pie
- Apple Pie made with Ritz Crackers
- Apple Cider Pork Roast
- Apple Pecan Chicken Salad
- Best Apple Crisp
- Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples
- 1/4 cup bacon drippings, or 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
- 6 tart apples peeled, cored, and sliced – (video demonstrates this with apples that were not peeled, personal choice should be made).
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings or butter. Spread the apples evenly over the skillet bottom. Sprinkle the lemon juice over them, followed by the brown sugar and salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, until apples are tender and juicy. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve. You can add a squeeze of lemon at the finish for enhanced flavor, this is optional.