Peak Season: Five Standout Apple Dishes in Houston

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Crisp, juicy apples are in season through the end of November, so now's the time to get your fall apple gorging on. From a salted caramel apple cupcake to a poached-apple salad, here are Five Must Try Apple Dishes:

What: Triple Apple Bacon Pizza Where: Brasil

Why wouldn't you want crisp bacon and apples on your pizza? You would. Because the sweet and salty combination is magic. A bit of fried sage, garlic oil, and mozzarella won't hurt either. Get it all on one pie at this charming neighborhood café.

What: Apples & Sweet Potato Gnocchi Where: Brooklyn Athletic Club

This gooey, creamy pasta is one of our favorite dishes to eat in the fall. Packed with caramelized mushrooms, crisp leeks and sliced green apple, the sweet potato gnocchi come swimming a rich sage cream sauce. Here, the apple adds a hint of brightness to cut through the heaviness of the dish. All we can say is, it works.

What: Apple Pecan Salad Where: Dish Society

These apples are made succulent from a simple poach in red wine before being tossed with mixed greens, goat cheese, and sweet and crunchy candied pecans. A tangy honey and mustard seed vinaigrette finishes off the light and crisp affair. Pro tip: Pair it with a chilled glass of white apple sangria -- made with pinot grigio, apple, lemon, apple cider vinegar, honey and cane sugar.

What: Salted Caramel Apple Cupcake Where: Oooh La La Bakery

With spiced apple cake and a creamy caramel-spiked frosting, this cupcake screams fall. A light sprinkle of sea salt brings that much sought after balance of sweet and saltiness to the decadent dessert. This is one take on apple you don't want to miss.

What: Brats & Apple Horseradish Where: King's Biergarten

Bright and zesty, the housemade fresh apple horseradish is the perfect accompaniment to nearly anything at this German drinkery. Use it to top a spicy chicken bratwurst -- stuffed with swiss, jalapeños, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and apples -- or go full fatty with the Oktoberfest sampler. The man-sized meal comes with slow smoked pork loin, bratwurst, cheese sausage, and weisswurst sausages, 'kraut, potato salad, and the apple horseradish, of course. Bonus: You can finish the day off with one of the city's best apple strudels.

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