Last nights dinner was a major home run.
It happened….. Taylor will have multiple Thanksgiving feasts this year, and last night was number one. He could not be happier.
Baked apples with a savory stuffing. These puppies taste just like a bite right off of your Thanksgiving plate. When you get a little of everything on your fork (turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, the works!)
However, these tasty guys do not have turkey or potatoes. Instead they are stuffed with Italian sausage, onions, celery, bread crumbs, and walnuts. And they are stuffed into some very sweet Sister of Fortune apples.
When everything is cooking in the oven your house will smell like heaven. We are hooked on stuffed apples and you can definitely change the recipe up to your liking. Enjoy these as an appetizer or a full meal. And if you are like us, you will tease your taste buds until Turkey day finally arrives!
4 tbs butter
2 tbs olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 ribs of celery, chopped
4 Italian sausages, removed from casings
1/4 cup crushed walnuts
6 sage leaves, chopped
leaves from 2-3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
6 apples (Mine were pretty big)
Parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat 2 tbs of the butter and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and celery. Cook stirring often until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage to the pan and mix until the meat is broken up and no longer pink. Add the herbs, bread crumbs, nuts and cheese. Mix well.
Cut off the top third of each apple. Using a small spoon scrape out the center removing the core and the seeds, and just enough of the flesh to make a nice hollow for the stuffing. (Be sure not to overly scrape out the apple, otherwise they will fall apart in the oven!) Fill each apple with the stuffing and put a small dot of the remaining butter on each apple.
Bake the apples until the flesh is tender and the stuffing is golden brown. About 45 minutes to an hour. Garnish with parsley and serve. We enjoyed our apples with a side of sauteed brussels sprouts. A great combination with the apples! Enjoy