I love fried apples. When I was little we used to eat them for breakfast, dinner, and any other time we got a chance. Sweet, tangy apples served piping hot next to bacon (in the morning) or ham (at dinner) creates some kind of magic.
These fried apples are sweet, tangy, spicy, and tender. They taste an awful lot like the fried apple side dish at Cracker Barrel with one small difference. You can enjoy them on Atkins — even on induction. You see, they aren’t really apples.
Use this as a side dish, spooned over a half a cup of whipped, sweetened cream cheese for a droolworthy take on cheesecake, or keep it simple in a dish with a fluffy dollop of sweetened sour cream. Crumble pork rinds over the hot “apples” and enjoy an apple crisp. When you are further along and can have some low carb ice cream enjoy the faux fried apples hot over a scoop of vanilla. You’ll think of more things, I’m sure.
The zucchini is peeled and sliced into coins, then each coin is sliced into two crescents. I like to saute mine in a combination of butter and bacon fat. It gives the zucchini deeper flavor. You can use all butter if you like. While the zucchini is sauteing you’ll add sweetener, maple flavoring, a bit of bourbon, cinnamon, cayenne or ancho pepper for a zesty kick, and some cider vinegar to create that apple-y tang.
You can use your favorite zero carb sweetener. It’s hard to say how much you’ll need exactly — add it to your own taste. You’ll want to cook the zucchini until it is soft but not mushy. Just taste every once in awhile until you decide that it’s perfect.
I know. You totally don’t believe me that this tastes like fried apples. Trust me on this, just try it one time.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
- 3/4 cup peeled zucchini cut into coins and then crescents
- 0- carb sweetener to taste I use stevia
- 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Pinch of cayenne or ancho or chipotle pepper to taste
- 11/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
Melt the butter into the bacon drippings.
Add the zucchini and saute until it is crisp tender.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until liquid is reduced and nearly gone.
Stir very often.
Taste and adjust sweetness/seasoning.