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Savory Baked Apples

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on time 1 hr
Total time 1 hr, 18 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 stuffed apple)

Though pricier, Honeycrisp apples also hold their shape well when baked.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 363
  • fat 16.1 g
  • satfat 6.7 g
  • monofat 4 g
  • polyfat 4.2 g
  • protein 12 g
  • carbohydrate 46.3 g
  • fiber 4.6 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 1.3 mg
  • sodium 656 mg
  • calcium 159 mg

How to Make It

  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.