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As American as apple... dumplings

Grill up the perfect dessert for your 4th of July celebration

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 4:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 28, 2013 5:50 a.m. CDT
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While their cousin apple pie usually gets the nod when it comes to Americanism, you might be surprised how well these apple dumplings from the grill fit into your patriotic celebration of Independence Day.

Apple dumplings run a close second to apple pie.

Why not make an apple dumpling on the grill?  It is easy to do and delicious.

Once you have finished grilling your meal, put these apple dumplings on the grill and you will have a delicious warm dessert to serve without ever turning on your oven.

Apple dumplings are the perfect dessert to serve at your July 4th barbecue.

Prepare these ahead of time to toss on the grill when you are ready. 

Mix together the butter, brown sugar and apple pie spice. Peel and carefully core the apples. Put the butter mixture in the hollowed out core and wrap the pie crust or puff pasty around the whole apple. Then wrap in non-stick foil. If you are not using non-stick foil, the crust will stick to the foil and not brown up nicely.

Its just personal preference whether you use refrigerated pie dough or puff pastry sheets. Both are good.

My personal preference is the puff pastry.

When we think of things to associate with being American, we often think of apple pie. In keeping with the spirit of Independence Day, make these on the 4th.

These apple dumplings need to be moved often on the grill, I would say about every 5 to 10 minutes. If they sit too long in one place, the bottom will become burnt.

I have burnt these many times by forgetting about them on the grill. I just scrape the burnt part off the bottom and we eat them anyway.

Serve these warm with vanilla ice cream or all by themselves. You will have a dessert worth celebrating.

And remember,…a good cook always cleans up!

1/2 stick of butter ¼ cup brown sugar 1 tsp. apple pie spice 4 apples 1 box refrigerated pie dough or 1 sheet of puff pastry Foil

Peel and core apples.

Mix together butter, brown sugar and apple pie spice. 

Divide and stuff into center of cored apples.

Wrap each apple in ½ disk of refrigerated pie dough; seal in individual non-stick foil packs.

Grill over medium heat, turning a few times, for 45 minutes.

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