I love sweet and savory flavors together and while chocolate covered bacon fits the bill, it isn’t the best for a nutritious meal idea. These Sausage Stuffed Apples are a great dinner idea and their fun packaging makes them appealing to kids. (My kids also love stuffed sweet potatoes if sweet potatoes are more of a favorite in your house.
They are easy to make ahead and can be packed for lunches (or breakfasts!) the next day. This is a fun one to have kids help with. Best served with salad or some steamed veggies.
- 4-6 apples (or 1 per person you are serving)
- 1 lb sausage (ground italian or breakfast sage, nitrate free)
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 1 large rib of celery, finely diced
- spices to taste, I used 1 tsp each of rosemary, thyme, sage, garlic powder, salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Brown the sausage in a large skillet until completely cooked.
- Remove sausage and add onion and celery to pan and saute until starting to soften.
- Return sausage to pan, mix well and spice to taste.
- Drizzle with the maple syrup or honey.
- Cut each apple in half (don’t peel) and scoop out the seed area with a spoon or sharp knife to make each apple a “bowl.” Alternately, you can use a corer to remove most of the inside and leave the apples in tact (as pictured).
- Spoon some of the sausage mixture into each apple and place on the bottom of a large baking dish.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until apples are cooked and fragrant.
- Remove and serve with salad.