I love the sweet and savory flavors together and during chocolate coated bacon fits the bill, not the best for a nutritious meal idea. These sausage-stuffed apples make a delicious meal, and their fun packaging makes them appealing to kids.
This recipe is incredibly versatile and you can make it sausage-stuffed sweet potatoes or winter squash stuffed with sausage depending on what you have in the house.
Sausage stuffed apples for dinner
We have a lot of apple nibblers in our house! I have one son in particular who loves to relax and grab some apples and a favorite book.
To make the apple “bowls”, simply cut a small slice off the top of each apple. Then use a melon ball to scoop out most of the center, leaving the edges about half an inch thick.
It might sound tricky, but I promise it’s actually really quick and easy. You can also just cut the apples in half and remove part of the center that way.
My kids love to take part in this step and make sure nothing gets lost! If you don’t have a few
scavengers assistants, save the leftover apples for tuna salad with apples and nuts or Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats.
Make a sausage filling (grain free)
The filling for these stuffed apples couldn’t be easier to prepare. For the sausage, I like to use the Italian sausage, but the breakfast sausage or the spicy sausage works equally well. I brown the sausage in my favorite pan and before cooking is finished, add the chopped celery and onion and spices and cook together.
To save on the dishes, I erase the same stove in which I cooked the sausage and put the apples back in to bake them. Then I bake them in the oven until they are nice and tender and done!
Healthy food to take away
One of my favorite things about these sausage stuffed apples is that they are portable! I do them in advance for race days. They would also be perfect for a lunch to go to work.
Here are some other more portable meal ideas:
Sausage Stuffed Apple Recipe
Apples stuffed with a sausage filling! This savory and sweet combination is a satisfying meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Preheat the oven to 375 ° F.
Cut a half inch off the top of each apple.
Use a spoon or melon corer to scoop out most of the flesh and seeds from the apple, leaving about half an inch around the edges to make a bowl.
In a large skillet, brown the sausage until almost cooked through.
Add the celery, onion and spices to the pan and continue cooking until the sausage is cooked through and the celery and onion begin to soften.
Drizzle with maple syrup or honey if desired.
Divide and spoon the sausage mixture evenly into each apple and place in a large baking dish.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until the apples are cooked and fragrant.
Remove and serve with salad.
You can also cut the apples in half and hollow out the middle area if you prefer.
Portion: 1Apple | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 12g | Large: 20g | Saturated fat: 7g | Trans fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 221UI | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 38mg | The iron: 1mg
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