Southern Fried Apples Recipe for a Delicious Fall Treat

It’s apple season in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. One of the favorite local recipes for this delectable is Southern Fried Apples.

In our December blog we explained what a great team of people we have working to keep Steeles Tavern Manor B&B and Alpine Hideaway Cottages clean and well maintained so you can have the best stay possible. In another blog, I detailed my experience making real Southern Biscuits with Louise’s recipe and her guiding hand. Since it’s apple season, I want to tell you about Shirley’s recipe for and help in making Southern Fried Apples.

Shirley, one of our wonderful housekeepers, just loves to suggest new, seasonal dishes for me to serve to our guests. Shirley’s sister happens to have apples trees on her property and is happy to share her bountiful crop with us. I have made apple muffins and apples strudel bread for guests’ breakfast sweets. The crop was so bountiful that I sliced and froze apples for use later this year.

This recipe makes a great side dish or the fried apples can be used as topping for French Toast, Pancakes, or Waffles. The apple-cinnamon aroma will fill your home with the scent of a warm welcome and some southern comfort.



  • 1/4 cup bacon drippings
  • 6 tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


In a large skillet, melt bacon drippings. Spread the apples evenly over the skillet bottom. Sprinkle the lemon juice over them, followed by the brown sugar and salt. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes, until apples are tender and juicy. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and serve. Optional: You can add a squeeze of lemon when finished.


You can make this wonderful southern dish at home, but often food tastes even better when it’s made by someone else. So really enjoy this recipe and other apple specialties by making a reservation for a stay at Steeles Tavern Manor B&B and Alpine Hideaway Cottages.

While you’re here in the Shenandoah Valley, visit one of our favorite local orchards, Silver Creek & Seamans’ Orchards Inc. The owners of this orchard press their own yummy Apple Cider and make their apple butter during their Apple Butter Makin’ Festivals each October. Choose your favorites from 25 varieties apples, take them home and make some wonderful fall desserts or just eat them plain!

When you make your reservation to stay with us, put in your special request for a special apple treat. I can’t guarantee that you will get apples in your breakfast dish but I will promise to make something yummy for the start of your day in the Shenandoah Valley!

Melissa (with help from Shirley!)

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