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17 Ways Apple Cider Will Transform the Way You Cook

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Tangy, tart, slightly sweet—cider (both hard and soft) has all the makings of an all-purpose ingredient. Bright, fruity apple cider balances savory pies, tender pork shoulders, and creamy risottos. While dry, sparkling cider brightens cakes and bakes, and gives spreads an extra tang. Sure, the classic mulled mug and doughnuts are wonderful, but there are so many other ways cider can enhance your dishes. Here, we’ve gathered 17 recipes—both savory and sweet—for you to try, pairing with your favorite variety optional.

Cider in the Savory Spotlight

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup: 1993

Butternut Squash and Cider Soup: 1993 by Amanda Hesser

Chicken Tenders with Apple Cider Sweet and Sour Sauce

Chicken Tenders with Apple Cider Sweet and Sour Sauce by Ashley Rodriguez

Sausage and Apple Pie
Sausage and Apple Pie
Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel
Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel
Apple Cider-Ginger Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos with Apple-Cabbage Slaw
Apple Cider-Ginger Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos with Apple-Cabbage Slaw
Apple Cider Braised Chicken

Apple Cider Braised Chicken by Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Mushrooms and Garbanzos on Toast with Cider and Thyme

Mushrooms and Garbanzos on Toast with Cider and Thyme by Rebecca Fallihee | Eggplant...

Chicken Kiev "Cordon Bleu" with a Boozy Cider Sauce
Chicken Kiev "Cordon Bleu" with a Boozy Cider Sauce
Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples
Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples

Add A Splash to Something Sweet

Cider Cheesecake Pie
Cider Cheesecake Pie
Apples Baked in Cider

Apples Baked in Cider by Sally

Date, Apricot, and Walnut Loaf Cake

Date, Apricot, and Walnut Loaf Cake by Nicholas Day

Tipsy Apple-Parsnip Cake with Sultanas and Cider Glaze
Tipsy Apple-Parsnip Cake with Sultanas and Cider Glaze
Apple Dumplings
Apple Dumplings
Brown Sugar Apple Upside Down Cake with Apple Cider Caramel and Spiced Walnuts

Brown Sugar Apple Upside Down Cake with Apple Cider Caram... by Erin McDowell

Apple Peel Funnel Cake

Apple Peel Funnel Cake by Emma Laperruque

Apple Cider and Cardamom Roasted Pears
Apple Cider and Cardamom Roasted Pears

How do you like to use cider in the kitchen? Share your favorite recipes and tricks in the comments.

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