Virginia Crab Apples are sweet-sour treats! (Not all crab apples are alike -Virginia Crab Apples are a variety grown locally, known for their dash of sweetness.) Grilled and tossed with a cider reduction, they make a delicious side dish.
Wash and core 24 Virginia Crab Apples. Brush with melted butter or safflower oil. Grill, turning once, until slightly soft and marked by the grill, about 6-8 minutes on each side.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, over medium-high heat reduce by boiling down 2 cups apple cider, a pinch of coarse black pepper, a pinch of sage, and a pinch of salt until the cider is about 3/4 cup.
Toss grilled crab apples with savory-sweet syrup. Enjoy!