My husband sold an apple cookbook and I asked to see it before he mailed it off. I figured it would have some of those "ingredient" that doesn't belong type recipes. Boy was I right! How about some apple with your spicy hamburger and kidney bean mix served as a Taco Salad. Or in a fish stew with the carrots, celery and potatoes. Or how about putting two in your corn-cheese chowder. I think I'll pass on those. This one was really weird, I just can't imagine what it would taste like:
Apple Spinach Lasagna
1 pkg. (8 oz.) lasagna noodles.
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 pkg. (12 oz.) chopped, frozen spinach
4 large apples, peeled, cored, grated
Nutmeg to taste
12 oz. Swiss cheese, grated
Fresh sliced mushrooms ,if desired
Cook lasagna and spinach as directed. Drain well. Layer in buttered baking dish: lasagna, soup, spinach, apples and cheese. Repeat the layers. End with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Recipe didn't say where to add the nutmeg.
To be fair the book does have some good sounding recipes. This is one of them:
Pumpkin Shell Casserole
1 small pumpkin, 7" in diameter
2 cups apples, peeled, chopped coarsely
1 cup raisins
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons margarine, melted
Wash and dry pumpkin, slice off top for lid. Scrape out seeds. Combine all ingredients, mix well, and fill pumpkin. Cover with "lid", place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until apples and pumpkin pulp are tender. Begin checking doneness after 1 hour. It may take up to 45 minutes longer. For faster baking, cover pumpkin with aluminum foil. This casserole may be served hot or cold. Serve from shell, spooning some pumpkin with each portion. Variation: in addition to above fruit, prunes, apricots or pineapple are excellent.