Gluten-Free Pork ’n’ Applesauce with Hash Brown Waffles

Everyone appreciates getting in and out of the kitchen fast on a weeknight. Recently, I started blogging for the Food Network about it. The concept: First, I make a low-maintenance, but high-impact basic recipe—like Apple Cider Applesauce—that I can keep on hand in the fridge.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Applesauce

Then, throughout the week, I’m ready to get dinner done fast with my easy mix-in mains, like Pork ’n’ Applesauce Hash Brown Waffles or Caramelized Butternut Squash-Apple Soup With Bacon Croutons. Get started with my homemade applesauce, then head on over to the Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog for the complete recipes.

Gluten-Free Pork ’n’ Applesauce with Hash Brown Waffles


2 pounds Honey Crisp apples—peeled, quartered and cored

1 cup pear or apple cider, or water

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Pinch salt


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, cider, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar, lemon juice and salt; bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, break up the apples until chunky.


  1. i was looking through e-mail and wandering around, somehow I hit on some comments you made about baking bread. Some things I can remember were about proofing in the refridgerator,having 2-3 baguet pans, and reheating loaves to make and keep them crusty. Somehow I lost my connection then and cannot find my back to the baking of breads and proofing in the fridge. Can you help?

  2. Any chance that you will get a tv show on the Food Network?

  3. Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for your comment! I have no idea about a show—who knows!

  4. Oh, I hope they give you a show!!!!!

  5. My daughter is dairy allergic and gluten intolerant-How do I make the traditional greenbean casserole with cream of mushroom soup. Need help and substitutions!Also the pumpkin Pie!

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