Savory Baked Apples

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

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

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 stuffed apple)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 1 Hour
Total: 1 Hour, 18 Minutes

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

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

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. Preheat broiler to high.
  6. 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.
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