This is a great recipe if you have mint left over (or it’s growing to fast).
It’s a bit like a combination of mint sauce and applesauce, and ideal not only for roast pork but also other roast meals. (I even like it with chips, only because I was grown up with the Dutch applesauce – appelmoes)
When making this recipe there are 2 main ingredients to focus on:
Taking them in turn
Which Mint so use?
The Top 4 Mint Varieties tend to be
- Apple Mint – Strong flavour great for tea or adding to salads
- Spearmint – Ideal for recipes like roast leg of lamb or pasta meals, etc
- Peppermint – With a stronger flavour it’s ideal for lamb recipes
- Orange Mint – Ideal for salads and mexican recipes like Salsa
You can use any of them – however the most easily available tends to be spearmint (also known as garden mint or common mint)
The recipe video below uses spearmint – but it’s well worth ‘experimenting’ with different mint types, as they will add a unique flavour. (Although maybe apple mint is a bit of a waste)
Which Apples to use
Like mint there are lost of different varieties of apples – Cox, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, etc.
- Braeburn – Crisp and Tangy – Good for Sauce
- Bramley – Tart and tangy – Good for Sauce
- Gala – Crisp and Very Sweet – Excellent for Sauce
- Golden Delicious – Crisp and Sweet – Excellent for Sauce
- Fuji – Crunchy and Super – Very good for Sauce
- Granny Smith – Crunchy and Tart – Excellent for Sauce
- Jazz – Crisp and Tangy Uses – Good for Sauce
- Pink Lady – Crunchy and Sweet -Tart Excellent for Sauce
Any of the apples will work, but they will provide a slightly different flavour. Yes, the sugar and mint in the recipes have an impact on the flavour – but with some of the apples you can use less sugar.
How to make Apple and Mint sauce
You will need the following
- 6 Apples – Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Gala
- 3 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Mint
- 2 or 3 Tbsp Sugar
- 3 Tsp lemon juice
- A knife,
- Chopping board
- Food Processor.
You won’t need much equipment – most of it is usually available in most kitchen at any stage.
- Step 1- Get the ingredients ready
- Strip the mint leaves from the stalk and put on chopping board
- Chop the leaves into small pieces.
- Peel and core the apples and cut into large chunks.
- Step 2 – Cook the apples
- Place apples, sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan
- Cook on low heat, gently stirring until the sugar dissolves
- Then simmer for 5 – 6 minutes or until apples are soft but still holding shape.
- Step 3 – Mash the apples
- Let the apples cool for about 5 minutes
- Place apple mixture in the bowl of a food processor
- Add the lemon juice and mint
- Process until pureed
You can either serve it warm or let the apple and mint sauce cool in a fridge before using it.
How to store apple and mint sauce
It will last a few days in the fridge.
I haven’t tried freezing it yet – to see how it lasts and will update this page at a later stage.
Apple and Mint Sauce
- Chef's knife
- Chopping Board
- Food processor
- 6 Whole Apples – Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Gala
- 3 tbsp Chopped Fresh Mint
- 3 tbsp Sugar
- 3 tsp Lemon juice
- 60 ml Water
- Get the ingredients readyStrip the mint leaves from the stalk and put on chopping boardChop the leaves into small pieces.Peel and core the apples and cut into large chunks.
- Cook the applesPlace apples, sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepanCook on low heat, gently stirring until the sugar dissolvesThen simmer for 5 – 6 minutes or until apples are soft but still holding shape.
- Mash the applesLet the apples cool for about 5 minutesPlace apple mixture in the bowl of a food processorAdd the lemon juice and mintProcess until pureed
Hopefully the fresh apple and mint sauce recipe might inspire you to grow your own fresh mint at home.
To grow your own mint for apple and mint sauce
It’s not very difficult to grow your own at home – even indoors (in your kitchen, spare bedroom, garage, etc. All you will need are seeds, growing system and some growing lights. There is detailed description of the – indoor herb growing system