Firecracker Applesauce


Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 Minutes

Serves: 4


  • 6 cored, quartered Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup serrano chili pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • Apple cider to taste
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 2-inch cinnamon stick
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Pomegranate seeds and/or pomegranate molasses, if desired


  • Lightly salt & pepper apples slices tossed in and grilled with olive oil 4 minutes each side.
  • Add grilled apples chilies, vinegar, salt, clove, bay leaf and cinnamon stick in a large, heavy-duty saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for about 15 minutes, or until the apples are falling apart and the mixture has reduced by half.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Discard the bay leaf.
  • Puree mixture until you have reached an applesauce consistency.
  • Garnish with pomegranate seeds and pomegranate molasses for Christmas color on the grilled pork chop.*