Monthly Archives: September 2014

8 Amazing Things to Do With Apples

What’s one of our favorite things about Autumn? It’s the apples, of course. Who can resist the unmistakable smell of a freshly baked apple pie or cobbler?

Apples are in season right now! They are easy to eat as a quick snack and can be used in a wide variety of recipes.

Apples are also good for you. According to the USDA, one medium apple provides almost 20% of the daily recommended amount of fiber, 14% Vitamin C, 2% Vitamin A, 2% Calcium, and 2% Iron.

According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the most commonly grown apple varieties in NC include: Red Delicious, Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, Stayman, Granny Smith, Gala, Jonagold, Gingergold, Fuji, Crispin/Mutsu, Goldrush, Honeycrisp, Empire, and Pink Lady.

Here are some fun and easy ways to enjoy this apple season.

  1. Visit your local apple orchard. This is a wonderful way to kick-start Autumn. It’s also a great way to introduce children to the wonders of fresh produce.
  2. Stop in to Dressler’s and try our delicious apple desserts. Our apple crisp features sweet cinnamon apples with crispy butter crumb topping and vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel. Mom’s unforgettable apple cake is served with caramel and ice cream.
  3. Make applesauce. Homemade applesauce couldn’t be any easier. Peel and core apples and place them in a large pot with some water to boil. Cook until the desired texture. Add cinnamon and sugar or leave it completely natural. Cool and store in the refrigerator.
  4. Bake them. Transform your fresh apples into pies, crisps, and cobblers. Your friends and family will love them and your home will smell amazing.
  5. Preserve them. Learn how to make apple butter, apple jam, and apple jelly so you can enjoy that fresh apple taste throughout the winter.
  6. Have fun with your kids. Kids love everything about apples, from doing crafts with them to making delicious snacks.
  7. Decorate your home. Apples are simply beautiful arranged in a bowl on your dining room table or kitchen counter. You can even carve them out to hold candles.
  8. Share them! Making an apple treat at home? Why not prepare an extra one for an elderly neighbor or a friend/relative who could use a little TLC? This simple act of kindness makes you feel wonderful and is a great way to begin the season.

50 Things to Make With Apples

55 Surprising Ways to Use Leftover Apples

Apple Crafts-Martha Stewart

Apple Varieties Commonly Grown in North Carolina

Dressler’s Spotlight: Scott Platt

ScottPlattMeet Scott Platt, Assistant Manager of Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village.

Scott is a Veteran of the United States Navy. He is fluent in French and has more than 25 years in the restaurant industry. He has been with Dressler’s for 2 years, and considers himself its ”Director of Happiness.”

What are your responsibilities at the restaurant?

“Generating smiles,” says Scott.

Name three things you love about your job.

“The people, the vibe, and hugs from the Chef.”

What are some of the challenges you face in your job?

“Keeping a level head.”

What are some of your favorite foods to eat at Dressler’s?

BBQ Shrimp, Just for the Halibut (lump crab, roasted red peppers, spinach, chive potato cake, sun dried tomato beurre blanc), and Mom’s Desserts

What qualities make Dressler’s an exceptional restaurant?

“The experience that the team has collectively,” says Scott, “and that everyone cares.”

Why do people enjoy coming to Dressler’s?

“They come for the food and stay because of our hospitality.”

Do you see a lot of regular customers?

“Yes. EVERYONE knows Jon Dressler. Wait, maybe…Jon Dressler knows EVERYONE.”

How do first-time guests react when they come to Dressler’s?

“They are almost always surprised by the level of service and how delicious the food is!”

What is the best part about your job?

“Making people happy,” says Scott.

Any interesting hobbies or sports?

“Aside from being serious about naps, I dabble in snowboarding, surfing, hiking, paddle boarding, marathons, and long walks on the beach…”

Anything else you want to tell us?

“I have the best family ever!”

Create the Ultimate Sandwich!

Who doesn’t love a mouthwatering, handcrafted sandwich? It’s a work of art, beautiful to behold and even better to eat.

At Dressler’s Restaurant, some of our favorite sandwiches include grilled chicken, chicken salad, hot corned beef grinder, toasted pimento cheese, and blackened chicken pita.

The key to creating amazing sandwiches–both hot and cold–is to use a variety of ingredients that provide color, flavor, and texture. As always, we suggest you use fresh and local ingredients.

Read on for some helpful tips and sandwich recipe ideas.

Begin with delicious bread. Choose bread that complements the sandwich you’re making. Popular breads for sandwiches include white, wheat, rye, pumpernickel, baguette, peasant, tortilla, pita, bagels, croissants, and rolls.

Add your favorite condiment. If the only condiments currently in your fridge are ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, it’s time to expand your horizons. There are so many other delicious options: vinaigrettes, pestos, BBQ sauces, chutneys, relish, coleslaw, and salsa are just a few to try on your next sandwich.

Choose your filling. Anything goes when it comes to fillings: meat, cheese, eggs, seafood, beans, nuts…the list goes on and on. Never be afraid to try something new.

Choose your veggies/fruit/herbs. These toppings provide color, crunch, and flavor to your sandwich, and help to offset rich fillings. Lettuce and tomato are probably the most popular, but there are so many other delicious toppings to experiment with: roasted peppers, fennel, spinach, shredded cabbage, cucumber, peaches, pears, apples, basil, oregano, dill, and parsley. Make sure these items are thoroughly washed and dried before placing them in your sandwich.

Don’t forget the sides! A great sandwich isn’t complete without a great sidekick. Soups, salads, chips, fries, coleslaw, and pickles are all good choices.

The 50 Greatest Sandwiches Ever Known to Man

5 Steps to a Perfect Sandwich

America’s Top10 Favorite Sandwiches

Chef’s Corner: Let’s Do Lunch!

Welcome to Chef’s Corner. Each month, we feature some of our favorite foods from Dressler’s Restaurant. This one is all about lunches, which are served at our Metro location only. Stop in today and try some of these delicious selections from Dressler’s Metro lunch menu.

French Onion SoupOur mouthwatering soup gets its intense flavor from roasted shallots, Vidalias, and Spanish onions. It is topped with gruyere cheese.

Shrimp & GritsThis satisfying meal combines shrimp, crab, and andouille sausage in a cajun beurre blanc.

Grilled Chicken SandwichTry this amazing combination of grilled chicken, chipotle mayo, crispy onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and provolone.

Herb Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with ChickenThis salad is a meal in itself, loaded with tender chicken, crisp apple, mixed green salad, thyme croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette.