Sausage-Stuffed Apples

Sausage-Stuffed Apples
In partnership with with Briana and Chamere (@fullliving).


Best For: Appetizers, Dinner, Sides
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4



    • 4 apples, halved lengthwise (we like a firm apple that holds its shape while baking, like Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, or SweeTango®)
    • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 yellow onion, diced
    • 1 stalk celery, diced
    • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced
    • 1 Tbsp fresh sage, minced
    • ½ tsp black pepper
    • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
    • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    • 16 oz. ground pork or bulk sausage
    • 2 oz. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
    • Garnish: honey, fried sage, fresh thyme, parmesan, and/or flaky sea salt



    1. Preheat oven to 400º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. Remove seeds and some of the flesh from the center of the apple, leaving a ½ in. thick apple "shell." Slice a small piece off the rounded side of the apple so it can lay flat. Dice the scooped-out flesh and set aside.
    3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and a pinch of salt. Cook until soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add apples, garlic, sage, thyme, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes. Cook for an additional 5 minutes, then set aside to cool.
    4. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground pork, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, and the cooled vegetable/apple mixture. Form 8 equal-sized balls and stuff the cored apple halves.
    5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until pork temperature is at least 160º F inside. Garnish with a drizzle of honey, fried sage, fresh thyme, parmesan, and/or flaky sea salt.

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