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Savory Baked Apples

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Savory Baked Apples

Apples are early this year, which means apple season is already here! I LOVE baking and cooking with apples. And although i normally use them in sweet dishes and not savory, here is a new recipe that i found today that i am excited to try. Share to save recipe!
2/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup uncooked brown rice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup apple cider
4 large Rome apples, cored
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
1 (4-ounce) link sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
3 tablespoons minced green onions
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Bring broth to a boil in a saucepan. Stir in rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 50 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes.
3. Combine cranberries and cider in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add mixture to rice.
4. Using a small spoon, carefully scoop out centers of apples, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell, and chop apple flesh. Brush the inside of apples with 1 tablespoon butter. Place apples on a baking sheet, and bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until just tender.
5. Preheat broiler to high.
6. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, and sauté 5 minutes, stirring to crumble. Remove from pan; drain. Wipe skillet, and melt remaining butter in pan. Add chopped apple, yellow onion, and next 3 ingredients (through pepper); sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add sausage, onion mixture, walnuts, and next 3 ingredients (through sage) to rice; toss. Divide rice mixture evenly among apples; top with cheese. Broil for 5 minutes or until golden.
Recipe by: Julianna Grimes, Cooking Light
Tip: Though pricier, Honeycrisp apples also hold their shape well when baked.
Nutritional Information
Amount per serving
Calories: 363
Fat: 16.1g
Saturated fat: 6.7g
Monounsaturated fat: 4g
Polyunsaturated fat: 4.2g
Protein: 12g
Carbohydrate: 46.3g
Fiber: 4.6g
Cholesterol: 32mg
Iron: 1.3mg
Sodium: 656mg
Calcium: 159mg

These look interesting. There are things I would change, yes of course the sausage would be Turkey, and the cheese would be veggie Swiss shreds.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MERRYMARY42 9/20/2013 10:58AM

    this really sounds good, but not sure if my DH would go for it, he has a thing about mixing fruit with anything else, I would love it, and will copy the recipe and maybe try it with my sister, sounds really good Thanks

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ANDYLIN90 9/20/2013 3:01AM

    Sounds like a great combination of ingredients.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/19/2013 7:42PM

    sounds like a fancy recipe, how did it taste? is this dinner or a snack?
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