These spicy sweet sautéed apples provide the perfect balance to a savory dish. Eliminate the cayenne pepper and this can be served on top of your favorite ice cream.
- 4 Granny Smith apples, cut into wedges
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoons salt, or to taste
- Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
- ¼ cup butter
- 6 tablespoons Calvados (a dry apple brandy)
- Toss the apples with the brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne, if using.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter over high heat in a large sauté pan. Sauté half of the apples, stirring only occasionally, until the sugar has caramelized and the apples are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Deglaze with 3 tablespoons Calvados and allow the liquid to reduce by half.
- Repeat with the remaining butter, apples and Calvados.