Firm, ripe pears can be used in place of the apples. Overripe pears will become mushy when heated; be sure to start with just-ripe pears.
Dried cranberries can be used in place of raisins.
An apple corer/slicer is a handy tool that makes quick work of separating an apple into snack wedges, and leaves little to clean up.
Serve this side dish with meat such as pork, turkey or chicken, or serve it as a warm fruit accompaniment at breakfast.