Come Dine With Me… in the Desert

Over the last few months, we’ve been sharing Come Dine With Me… At Home!

The premise is simple: create a three-course menu with Ambrosia apples as the star of each dish. Home cooks can choose their recipes from the website, and can substitute anything they want on any of the recipes – or create their own — but all the dishes must include Ambrosia apples. Everyone is instructed to choose one appetizer, one entrée, and one dessert. Cocktails are optional.

This month’s group: Sandy and Duncan from Ashcroft, BC

Ambrosia apples purchased from: Safety Mart, Ashcroft

A busy small-town couple, Sandy and Duncan collaborate on most of their meals, and this one was no exception. They decided on an appetizer, salad, and entrée, and skipped dessert.

They started with Bacon-wrapped Ambrosia Apple Bites. “The apples were tossed in chipotle which gave a little heat to the sweetness of the apple,” says Sandy.

The salad was spinach, red onion, feta and Ambrosia apples with a balsamic glaze. “I’ve made this salad before with dried cranberries,” says Sandy. “The apples added a beautiful crunchy sweetness.”

Duncan cooked the entrée: Rubbed and Grilled Pork Loin with Ambrosia Apple Bourbon BBQ sauce. “The rub on the Pork has some heat to it,” he reports. “The BBQ sauce with the apple and the rest of the ingredients balanced out the heat. Delicious combination!”

Ambrosia apples recipe Ambrosia apples spinach salad Porkloin with Ambrosia apples

The final word goes to Sandy: “We enjoyed cooking with Ambrosia apples. We don’t normally cook with fruit so this has made us step outside of our comfort zone. We’d definitely do it again,” she says. “I think the best part of the meal was the pork. Having smoked it on the BBQ seemed to just make all the flavours come together. Definitely a party in my mouth!”

Would you like your Ambrosia Apple menu featured in our blog series? Share your interest by contacting us on our Instagram page , or by posting and tagging @bcambrosia and #ComeDineWithMe. We will contact you for a few details, and if your menu is featured, you’ll win a fancy Ambrosia apple bag! Check out our recipes here:

Ambrosia Apples