Sweet, fresh New England apple cider isn't just for drinking! Apple cider makes an excellent cooking ingredient for baked goods, side dishes, poultry, meats, desserts, treats and more. Apple cider also contains flavonoids: plant pigments that may reduce the risk of cancer.
So, the next time you visit one of New England's best cider mills—like B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill in Old Mystic, Connecticut—be sure to bring a cooler along, so you can tote home several gallon-sized jugs of this golden cooking ingredient. Here's a sampling of apple cider recipes from New England and beyond to inspire your culinary creativity this fall.
Apple Cider Vegetable Recipes
Sweet Potatoes with Cider and Brown Sugar, a history-inspired recipe low in sugar, so the cider flavor shines through, from Food & Wine.
Maple-Glazed Parsnips on Kale, a cider-laced veggie dish from Taste of Home.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Apple Cider, a colorful side dish from Litehouse Foods.
Cider-Braised Red Onions and Carrots, a zesty side dish recipe from New Hampshire Magazine featuring Farnum Hill Ciders.
Cider Vinaigrette Roasted Root Vegetables, a cooking idea for slowly caramelizing fall's harvest of carrots, parsnips, beets and other hearty, starchy root veggies.
Apple Cider Soups
Apple Cider French Onion Soup, a New England-y twist on the French classic from recipe-sharing site Yummly.
New England Cider Soup, an old-school recipe from the late master chef Louis P. De Gouy.
Vermont Hard Apple Cider and Cheddar Soup with Parsley Mini-Popovers, a Vermont-inspired recipe that screams "fall in a bowl."
Apple Cider Main Dish Recipes
Crockpot Cider Beef Stew, a crockpot recipe for sweet, slow-simmered stew from Diana Rattray.
Cheddar-Cider Fondue Recipe, a meal that's flavorful and fun from Yankee Magazine food editor Amy Traverso.
Chicken, Cider and Vegetable Casserole, your go-to prep-ahead dinner when fall days start to grow shorter.
Chicken Roasted in Hard Cider, a recipe from Helen Brody’s New Hampshire: From Farm to Kitchen cookbook shared by New Hampshire Magazine.
Cider-Braised Pork Belly with Winter Vegetables, from Vermont's Seven Days' Food + Drink section.
Cider-Braised Yankee Pot Roast, New England chef Mary Dumont's one-pot, slow-cooked, nostalgic meal.
Cider Corned Beef and Cabbage, a variation on the St. Patrick's Day favorite, handed down through generations and shared with readers of Connecticut's Naugatuck Patch.
Cider Baked Turkey Breast, from Astray Recipes, this tasty turkey is perfect for a hearty feast.
Cider Braised Pork Loin, from Cooks.com—cider keeps this pork dish juicy.
Cider Braised Venison Roast with Seasonal Applesauce and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts, a feast for those who love apples and game meats from epicurious.
Cider-Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples, an easy recipe for busy cooks from epicurious.
Pork Roast with Cider Sauce, a meal to remember from cdkitchen.
Roast Turkey with Cider Gravy, reprinted from Gourmet magazine by epicurious.com.
Whole Maine Lobsters with Chestnuts and Cider, a recipe composed by two-time Maine Lobster Chef of the Year Mac Arrington. You may never taste anything more decadently New England.
Apple Cider Dessert Recipes
Apple Cider Dessert Sorbet, a frozen delight from The Spruce's Brett Moore, who graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont.
Apple Cider Pound Cake, a rich dessert recipe from Recipe Goldmine.
Boiled Cider Pie, an old New England recipe from Wood's Cider Mill in Vermont.
Maine Shakers Cider Pie, another version of this traditional favorite, which is simple to make, yet flavorful.
Cider Cake, a recipe with an in-depth overview of the history of apple cider in New England, from Tori Avey.
Old-Fashioned Cider Cake, another take on this old New England favorite from Mann Orchards in Methuen, Massachusetts.
Apple Cider Treats
Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls, a decadent autumn weekend breakfast or brunch dish frosted with apple cider cream cheese, from Taste of Home.
Batter Dropped Cider Donuts, a recipe for little orbs of deliciousness from New Hampshire Magazine.
Cinnamon Apple Cider Jelly, a unique recipe from New York Cider that calls for spicy red cinnamon candies.
Vermont Apple Cider Doughnuts, a New England favorite from the archives of Yankee Magazine.
Low-Fat Apple Cider Doughnuts with Maple Syrup Glaze, from CookEatShare.
Pumpkin Cider Bread, a recipe that doubles down on the flavors of fall in New England, reprinted from Gourmet magazine by epicurious.com.
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