Fried Apples and Onions {Cooking Through Little House}

It’s been quite a couple of weeks. I flew up to Sacramento to be in a my wonderful friend Becca ‘s wedding. After a few short days flew back down here and got back into the normal craziness of raising 15 deaf girls. Caught a horrible cold and the flu. I’m finally starting to feel well and rested up again. Blogging kind of fell to the side for a awhile, but now I’m back to share more with from one of my favorite childhood set of books, the “Little House” books.
This week I cooked up Fried Apple n’ Onions, Laura’s husbandAlmanzo’s favorite dish. This dish received varied responses. A couple of the girls were so sceptical to try it and ended up loving it, others didn’t mind it so much. Two of our teachers were delighted with the dish. I personally thought it a bit too sweet but I’m not a huge fan of my main course or sides tasting sweet. These did go great with some homemade breakfast sausage, fried eggs and fresh soaked bread with butter. I hope you enjoyAlmanzo’s all time favorite dish.

He knelt on the ice, pushing sawdust into the cracks with his mittened hands, and pounding it down with a stick as he coul, and he asked Royal,

       “What do you like best to eat?”

They talked about spareribs, and turkey with dressing, and baked beans, and crackling cornbread, and other good things. But Almanzo said that what he liked best in the world was fried apples ‘n’ onions.

                   When, at last they went into dinner, there on the table was a big dish of them! Mother knew what he liked best, and she had cooked it for him

(Farmer Boy) 

Fried Apples n’ Onions

4 medium organic apples
2 medium yellow onions
1 TBS butter, bacon grease, olive oil, coconut oil…
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

1. Core your apples and slice thinly, leaving the skin on. This keeps the apple slices from falling apart, add beautiful color and nutrition! Thinly slice the onions.

2. Heat your skillet and add your choice of fat. When hot add your apples and onions. Fry until soft over medium heat, until soft, about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Breakfast Sausage

1lb ground turkey
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 allspice
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper

1. Mix everything together and form into 1/2 dollar size patties.

2. Fry on both sides, poke with a fork to allow the heat to cook the patties completely.

This post is part of Hearth and Soul


More Cooking Through “Little House” recipes:

Hasty Pudding
Ginger “Thirst Quencher”

About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.


  1. Thank you for your recipe. We loved those Laura Ingalls Wilder books when my sons were growing up. My husband and I thought the recipe was good though not what I would call delicious; maybe one had to grow up eating it or perhaps its meant to be served with meat. Served it with einkorn pancakes soaked in buttermilk.
    Thanks again.

    • Katie Mae Stanley says:

      You’re welcome. I’ll be the first to admit that it is not my favourite recipe. My girls loved them on the other hand. 🙂 I like it with sausage and pancakes. Your einkorn pancakes sounds delicious! The Little House books are very special to me as well.

  2. I made this a couple weeks ago, and it’s as delicious as ever! 😀

  3. What a yummy way to get in that “apple a day” to keep the doctor away as you are recuperating! I sometimes add apples and onions to my porkchops – I hadn’t thought of it as a stand alone dish. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  4. This does sound like a great compliment to sausage. Or even a pork roast or chops, I bet. I hope you’re back to healthy very, very soon! And thanks for always sharing with the hearth and soul hop, Katie 🙂

  5. I totally remember this dish from “Farmer Boy” and always used to wonder what it tasted like. I figured, if it was Almanzo’s favorite thing to eat, it must be extremely good. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Now I can see what he was talking about.

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