Seriously, this was DEEEEElicious!!!! My husband and I both went back for seconds! It's packed with fiber (thanks to the apples) and so savory and scrumptious! I've never had anything like this, but now that I've had it, I want to have it again.....and soon! This would be incredibly impressive for company, but your family will be equally impressed when you serve it to them.
Depending on the appetites of your crew, I would plan 1-2 stuffed apples per person. If you're serving a few sides, 1 should be good. We just had ours with a light salad, so I had two and my husband had three, LOL! What can I say?! He liked them! ;)
I will say this, this is not something you make with little time on your hands. Save this one for the weekend. It is time consuming to hallow out the apples.....well worth it, but nonetheless, it will take some time. Don't do this to yourself when you're tired or busy! LOL
I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!
Savory Sausage Stuffed Apples
Ingredients: (makes 3-4 servings)
6 large Apples, hallowed out (I used Golden Delicious and they were perfect for this!)
16 oz. Sage Sausage (if you can't find, just get mild and add some sage in your seasoning)
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. rosemary
3/4 cup apple, diced
1/2-3/4 cup plain bread crumbs (I made my own with stale bread!)
1/2 cup or so of Shredded Cheese to place on top at the end.
First make sure your apples fit into your slow cooker!
I used my 7 Quart for this recipe and they fit perfectly.
Now that you know if they'll fit, it's time to clean them and hallow them out.
This sounds intimidating, but really, it was quite simple.
First, slice off the top, and eat it, LOL! No, really! It will keep you happy while you hallow out all the apples! ;)
Next, use a mellon baller or paring knife to hallow out the inside.
(You'll get better at it as you go....this was my second one. My first one I broke through the bottom! Oops!)
As you're hallowing out the apples, keep the pieces without "core" in a bowl because you will use these for the filling.
While you're finishing up your apples, get your onions and celery sweating in a pan with a tiny bit of olive oil.
Do a couple more apples while you wait and then add the sausage with the garlic powder, thyme and rosemary. Brown it up while you finish your apples.
When you are finished with your apples, place them into the bottom of your slow cooker.
Mix the bread crumbs and diced apples with the sausage mixture.
Now, take that delicious mixture and stuff your apples with it. Pack it in there good!
Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours.
About 5-10 minutes before serving, place shredded cheese of your choice on top and let it melt.
Serve and Enjoy!