Roasted Applesauce, With Only 5 Ingredients

roasted apple compote

This homemade roasted applesauce recipe is a sophisticated take on an apple compote/applesauce with the addition of onion and thyme.

Roasted Applesauce, With Only 5 Ingredients

the inspiration behind this roasted applesauce

This adapted from the roasted applesauce recipe from the Food52 book Genius Recipes! I’m calling this a roasted apple compote instead of a roasted applesauce because it goes a little in to savory land with the addition of onion and thyme. This roasted apple compote has serious Thanksgiving side dish vibes. I also definitely just ate this plain with a spoon for breakfast. (Side note: i’m laughing a little at this picture above because it is quite literally an herb and a spoon.)

how to make roasted applesauce

What you’re gonna do to make this roasted apple compote is peel and quarter about 2 lbs of apples, but you can really scale up or down the apple amount based on how much you want to make. Chop onions and add a sprig of thyme, and dot the mixture with 2 tsps of butter. (if you’re increasing the recipe, the ratio is 1 tsp butter : 1 lb of apple). roast in an oven first with a tin foil cover on top, then take the tin foil off; and then just stir it with a fork for it to mash and all combine.


roasted apple compote

Roasted Applesauce

Mimi Newman
a roasted apple compote/applesauce that’s great on its own or on top of chicken or pork!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Sides
Cuisine American, Fall, Seasonal
Servings 4
Calories 147 kcal


  • 2 lbs apples – tart apples like honeycrisp
  • 1/2 onion – thinly sliced in half-rounds
  • 2 sprigs of thyme – stripped
  • 2 tsp of butter or ghee – cubed
  • 1 tbsp sherry or apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Peel and quarter apples and onions throw them into a casserole dish. Dot with butter and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle thyme leaves on top. Cover with foil and bake until the apples are softened and have given off some liquid, about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and let the apples get browned and golden – another 10 minutes in the oven.
  • Take the dish out of the oven and splash a little vinegar on top. Using a big slotted spoon, gently mash the apples into a rough texture.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if you see fit – a sprinkle of sugar if too tart, or a pinch of cinnamon – whatever you want!


adapted from the roasted applesauce recipe from genius recipes!


Serving: 4ozCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 6gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 146IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apple compote, Applesauce, roasted apple compote, roasted apples
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