Strawberry Apple Compote (or Strawberry-Applesauce)


One of my kids’ favorite lunchtime snacks is applesauce. Hey, in fact, even when I was a kid I remember getting so excited for the nights that my mom would make applesauce with her pork chops. I do have reservations about buying too much prepackaged food though, but since applesauce is so easy to make this is a fantastic fresh alternative to a kid favorite. Actually, this is the perfect thing to make as a big batch and serve it all week. Yep, I’ll say it… this is the go to meal for when the kiddos are sick and don’t want to eat anything. And yeah it’s easy.  For a grown up version you could use it as a side dish, or crumble some graham crackers on top for a sweeter treat. My mom makes this without the butter and she uses Splenda, but I like the rich flavors that develop in this version. You can puree it in a blender for a smooth sauce or leave it diced for a more rustic version.

Shopping List:

2 cups firm apple, peeled and diced (use any kind except red delicious, they get too mushy)

2 cups diced strawberries  (or you could just do a pure applesauce)

3 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions:

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat melt the butter.

2. Toss the berries and apples in the butter so that they are coated evenly.

3. Stir in the brown sugar and put the lid on the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer 15-20 minutes, until the apples are soft when poked with a fork.

4. For an alternate version: use only apples and add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

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