Once the glaze is made, this simple side dish can be prepared in under 10 minutes. To save even more time, you could spare yourself from cooking a main dish and just serve the apple with a rotisserie chicken.
GRILLED MAPLE-GLAZED APPLE SLICES
Start to finish: 40 minutes
2 large tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Pink Lady
Vegetable oil (or a nut oil, such as peanut)
For the glaze:
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 to 2 teaspoons soy sauce (optional)
To prepare the glaze, in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, combine the maple syrup, cider and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then add the cinnamon stick, star anise and cloves. Bring to a simmer, and cook until reduced by about a quarter. Stir in 1 teaspoon of the soy sauce. Taste and adjust with more, if desired. Let cool to room temperature, then remove the spices.
Heat the grill to medium-low. Using an apple corer, cut out the cores and seeds from both apples, leaving the apples otherwise whole. Setting the apples on their sides, cut each into 1/2-inch-thick rings. Brush both sides of each apple ring with oil.
When the grill is ready, place the apple rings on the grill grates and cook with the grill covered for 2 minutes per side, or until they have deep grill marks on both sides. Brush the tops of the apple rings with glaze, then cook for another 2 minutes. Turn over, brush with more glaze, then grill for another 2 minutes.
Nutrition information per serving: 230 calories; 45 calories from fat (20 percent of total calories); 5 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 50 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 43 g sugar; 0 g protein; 85 mg sodium.