Cider, It's Not Just for Drinking: 7 Delicious Recipes Featuring Apple Cider

Photo credit: Rachael Ray Show Aired October 21, 2015

Fall isn’t just about pumpkin spice – it’s also about apple picking and pouring big cups of cloudy, fresh apple cider. But it’s not just for drinking – read on for seven recipes that feature the tangy, sweet flavor of apple cider in a big way!

No. 1: Cider-Soaked Spatchcock Turkey

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This delish spatchcock turkey is brined overnight in an apple cider brine, for a tangy and moist flavor throughout.

Tip: Spatchcocking is the process of removing the turkey’s backbone so you can cook the turkey flat, which lessens the cooking time and ensures a moister bird.

No. 2: Coffee Rub Cider Brisket

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Rachael’s delicious brisket is slow cooked for four hours in an apple cider and herb bath, then served with a delicious gravy made with the drippings. Yum!

Tip: This doesn’t have to be served as a sit-down meal. Rach serves it with rolls and cheese to make sandwiches when she entertains.

No. 3: Sticky Cider-Soy Chicken Legs and Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad

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To use your fresh cider in a way you probably didn’t think of, try these Asian-inspired chicken legs that are soaked in a cider-based marinade. Nice bonus – chicken legs are a very affordable cut of meat!

No. 4: Cider Pan Gravy

This simple gravy is an excellent companion to turkey or even pork chops! Start with a roux, then add stock and cider, super easy.

No. 5: Apple Cider Cake with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting

Why not make a cake with your cider? This recipe starts with a boxed white cake mix and substitutes cider for the liquids! It’s topped with a cream cheese frosting flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Yum!

No. 6: Cider Sweet Potatoes

These delicious mashed sweet potatoes featuring cider would an excellent Thanksgiving side dish or just a great addition to a family dinner.

No. 7: Bloody Cider Punch

Finally, this fun punch would be great for Halloween or any fall gathering! Rach mixes cider, pomegranate juice and seltzer in a punch bowl, then adds frozen grapes and cubes of frozen orange juice.

Do you like to drink your cider hot or cold? Share below!

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