17 Ways Apple Cider Will Transform the Way You Cook

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 by Kate McDermott-Art of the Pie

Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel

Farro Risotto with Caramelized Apples and Fennel by meganvt01

Apple Cider-Ginger Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos with Apple-Cabbage Slaw

Apple Cider-Ginger Braised Pork Shoulder Tacos with Apple-Cabbage Slaw by Chase the Flavors

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

Chicken Kiev “Cordon Bleu” with a Boozy Cider Sauce by Bevi

Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples

Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples by Cristina Sciarra

Add A Splash to Something Sweet

Cider Cheesecake Pie

Cider Cheesecake Pie by Erin McDowell

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 by Cristina Sciarra

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings by Erin McDowell

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 by Yossy Arefi

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

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