Bacon Fried Apples

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 13 minutes
Total: 23 minutes
Bacon Fried Apples - this classic Danish recipe is salty sweet and easy to make

These Danish Bacon Fried Apples are a delicious Scandinavian recipe that is full of flavor and texture.

Bacon Fried Apples - this classic Danish recipe is salty sweet and easy to make

When I was in high school, we had a Danish foreign exchange student.  She and I met at school and quickly became the best of friends.

Once she graduated high school and moved back to Denmark, we kept in touch somewhat, but over the years we lost touch.  Keep in mind, this was way before social media.  We actually had to write letters…with pen and paper (gasp!).  Our lives went on.  Then, 22 years later out of the blue, I got a Facebook message from her.  She was coming to the States!

As soon as we first saw each other after 2+ decades, it was like time had never passed.  Our friendship picked right up where we left off.

Of course, the food blogger in me begged her to share some of her favorite Danish recipes.  My family quickly fell in love with her Danish meatballs (recipe to come soon) and these Danish Bacon Fried Apples knows as Æbleflæsk in Denmark.

How’s that for a fancy word?!

Bacon Fried Apples - this classic Danish recipe is salty sweet and easy to make

The flavors are simple, yet perfect when they are layered upon each other.  We enjoyed this recipe as a side dish to our Danish meatballs, but in Denmark, it can be served as an open-faced sandwich on some dark rye bread.

Bacon Fried Apples - this classic Danish recipe is salty sweet and easy to make

If you can’t find dark rye bread (I had a hard time), you can use Pumpernickel.

I’m sharing this recipe as part of Bacon Month!  Yep…an entire month full of BACON!  If you missed my previous Bacon Month recipes, make sure you check these out:

Maple Bacon French Toast Rolls | Bacon Bourbon Glazed Steak | Berry Bacon Salad | Bacon & Egg Breakfast Puffs |Bacon Maple Monkey Muffins

Last year, I shared these recipes during Bacon Month:

Maple Bacon Crack Glazed Bacon Crackers | Bacon Glazed Green Beans | Bacon and Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad | Bacon Mac & Cheese | Candied Peppered Bacon | More Bacon Recipes on IAK

For all of you bacon addicts out there, as part of Bacon Month we are sharing bacon recipes every Tuesday and Friday in August.  So stay tuned – there’s lots more bacon-y deliciousness to come!  Here are some of the other bacon recipes being shared today:

Bacon Month 2106

Bacon Chocolate Chunk Blondies With Salted Chocolate Caramel from Cooking in Stilettos

Bacon & Egg Stuffed Baked Potatoes from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Bell Pepper & Bacon Cheese Ball from Bread Booze Bacon

Spicy Bacon Whiskey Soda from Nomageddon

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Grilled Tomatoes from Hey Grill, Hey

Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese from A Dash of Sanity

Chocolate Caramel Bacon Milkshake from Around My Family Table

Bacon Waffle S’mores from A Simple Pantry

Skillet Breakfast Potatoes & Bacon from Kleinworth & Co.

Bacon Potato Salad from Forking Up

Maple Bacon Cheesecake from Ashlee Marie

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Bacon Fried Apples - this classic Danish recipe is salty sweet and easy to make

Danish Bacon Fried Apples

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes


  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Pumpernickel Rye bread


  • Preheat pan over medium high heat; add vegetable oil.
  • Cook bacon until crispy.
  • Remove bacon and drain on paper towels; reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.
  • Add onions and apples to skillet and season with salt; cook until apples have slightly broken down, about 8-10 minute.
  • Stir in brown sugar and let caramelize, about 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile chop bacon into bite sized pieces.
  • Remove apples and top with chopped bacon.
  • Serve immediately.

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