Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.
These bloomin’ apples on the Char-Broil Big Easy were definitely one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made. Each bite was like biting into a hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven apple pie. Perfect. Just delicious!
The apples take only a few minutes to prepare and cook. And I was a bit nervous my first time cutting them. But I found it to be completely painless and rather fun. Everything you need to make these is probably already in your pantry – you just need a few apples and you’re ready to enjoy the perfect dessert right from your Big Easy!
Bloomin’ apples on the Char-Broil Big Easy can be topped with just about anything. Whipped cream. Melted caramel. Toasted nuts. You name it. Or just eat (er… devour) them with a simple scoop of good ole vanilla ice cream.
Also try my Brazilian pineapple on the Char-Broil Big Easy.
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Bloomin’ Apples on the Char-Broil Big Easy
These bloomin’ apples were definitely one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made. Each bite was like biting into a hot, fresh-out-of-the-oven apple pie. Perfect. Just delicious!
Servings 2 apples
- 2 Honey Crisp apples
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 caramels divided
- Your favorite toppings ice cream, whipped cream, caramel topping, a sprinkle of cinnamon, etc
Fire up your Big Easy or preheat an oven to 350 F.
Cut about 1/2″ off the tops of the apples, getting all of the stems.
Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the core of the apples. Get just enough to get the seeds.
Using a sharp knife, make 2 circular cuts, one inside the other, around the inside of the apples from the top. You want two concentric circles. Be careful to not cut through the apples. See the picture above.
Turn the apples over so that they are lying flat on the cut tops.
Take a knife and make cuts down the sides if the apples. Start about 1/2″ from the center of each apple and slice downward.
Turn the apples back over.
Melt the butter and stir in the brown sugar until dissolved.
Stir in the flour and cinnamon.
Place 2 caramels in the hollowed out centers of each apple.
Pour the butter mixture over the tops.
Transfer apples to a Big Easy basket and place into the cooker. Roast for about 20 minutes, checking for tenderness. I used a long metal skewer to gently poke the apples to see if they were soft.
For oven cooking, transfer the apples to a baking sheet lined with foil and bake 30-40 minutes or until tender.
Your apples may take longer than mine. Start checking them after 20 minutes.
Remove apples and add your favorite toppings.
Note: If you add ice cream to the tops of the cooked apples it will cause the caramel mixture to harden. You may prefer to serve the ice cream on the side or do as I did and eat the apples soon after adding the ice cream!
Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 134IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional values are approximate.
I use this apple brine for pork on grilled pork tenderloins, giving them a nice light apple flavor with a little kick to offset the sweetness. It works great also on bone-in or boneless pork chops. The brine does contain a bit of sugar. Make sure you shake off the excess marinade before cooking since the sugar mind have a tendency to burn.
Check out our awesome grilled pork tenderloin recipe. The pork is sliced thin and then topped with a fantastic apple and stuffing mix. It’s almost like having pork apple pie!
If you’re grilling chicken instead of pork, give my chicken brine a try!
Apple Brine for Pork
I use this apple brine for pork on grilled pork tenderloins, giving them a nice light apple flavor with a little kick to offset the sweetness. It works great also on bone-in or boneless pork chops.
Makes enough for 4 medium pork chops or 1 pork tenderloin
Add juice to a large pot along with 1 cup of water.
Bring to a simmer, then stir in the remaining ingredients until both the salt and brown sugar are dissolved.
Remove pot from heat and add 2 cups of ice cubes. Let sit until the liquid has cooled.
Place pork into a large resealable baggie. Add marinade and seal.
Marinade 4-24 hours.
Shake off excess marinade before cooking pork.
Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7091mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 158IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional values are approximate.
Jessica over at How Sweet It Is posts some fabulous food. Her idea for a grilled caramel apple cheese sandwich is just one of them. The combination of the crisp apple, sweet caramel and creamy cheese is to die for. This made for the perfect lunch.
A good (read: expensive) caramel will take this sandwich over the top. You will still enjoy it with a less costly alternative. Just don’t use something overly sweet and candy-ish. This grilled caramel apple cheese sandwich is somewhere between dessert and lunch.
My Cuisinart Griddler was made for making sandwiches just like this one. Even though it can do a lot of things, it’s the star of the show when it comes to getting bread just the perfect crispiness. And getting cheese just the right meltiness. And for me at least, one that is sandwich-flipping-challenged, I find it much easier to handle sandwiches on this press. Heck, I don’t even have to flip them since it has hot griddles above and below the sandwiches! You can’t beat that!
The Griddler is a champ at making grilled cheese sandwiches, like my spicy grilled cheese, muffuletta grilled cheese, grilled spinach and artichoke cheese, and pepperoni pizza grilled cheese.
Grilled Caramel Apple Cheese Sandwich
The combination of the crisp apple, sweet caramel and creamy cheese is to die for.
- 4 slices multigrain bread
- 2 tablespoons butter softened
- 4 ounces brie cheese sliced thin (or more, depending on the size of your bread slices)
- 1 honey crisp apple thinly sliced (a mandolin works best)
- 3 tablespoons caramel sauce
Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat.
Spread the butter on one side of two slices of the bread and place them, butter-side down, into the skillet.
As the bread cooks, drizzle each with a 1/2 tablespoon of caramel. Divide half of the brie between the two bread slices, add another 1/2 tablespoon of caramel, the apple, the remaining caramel and finally the rest of the cheese.
Butter one side of the remaining bread slices and place on top.
Flip sandwich once the bottom slices are well browned.
Continue cooking until the bread is browned and crispy and the cheese has melted. You might find that the cheese melts better if you put a lid over the skillet while cooking.
Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 438IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional values are approximate.