These Instant Pot Fried Apples are my favourite dish at Cracker Barrel! Every time we visit the States and we are close to a Cracker Barrel restaurant, we have to stop in. These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples sprang from my love of that particular side dish option.
We hadn’t ever stopped at a Cracker Barrel until a few years ago, and once we did we were hooked! And now we have to get our fix at least one time whenever we visit the United States. We recently went at Christmas we made it to a Cracker Barrel again, gotta get my fix.
When my apple tree gave me more apples this year than I know what to do with, I decided it was time to make some copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples. Why they are called fried apples I can’t figure out, because I am pretty sure that in the quantities they have to make them for a large restaurant they are using massive stock pots of these suckers. Perhaps at one point they were fried up in a skillet.
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We recommend a 6 qt or higher Instant Pot such as the one pictured below. Certainly, this recipe should work with any kind of pressure cooker or Instant Pot but during recipe testing, this is the one we used.
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These Instant Pot Fried Apples are my favourite dish at Cracker Barrel! These Copycat Cracker Barrel Fried Apples sprang from my love of that particular side dish option
- 12 cups of sliced apples peel on sour apples like Granny Smith or home grown on the tree are best!
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 3/4 cup of salted butter melted
- 1/2 cup of apple juice
In a medium bowl, combine the cinnamon, pie spice, brown sugar and cornstarch until it's all mixed in completely.
Sprinkle over the top of the apples. Pour the melted butter and apple juice over top of the mixture. Stir until everything is coated. Place in the instant pot.
To pressure cook, use the high pressure option and cook for 3 minutes high pressure for thin apples, 5 minutes for medium apples and 8 minutes for very thick apples (if you use an apple slicer, these are the thick apples.) Manually quick release and either keep on
Use the "keep warm" button or serve right away.