Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time
1 Hour
Total Time
1 Hour 18 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 stuffed apple)

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

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 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.

Step 3

Combine cranberries and cider in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add mixture to rice.

Step 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.

Step 5

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

ClaireFB's Review

October 09, 2013

GrandmaKY's Review

December 13, 2011
I just had this at a friends house for lunch accompanied by scones. It was so delicious I had to comment. She did say it was a whole lot of work and doesn't think she would make it again.....BUT IT WAS DELICIOUS!!! She made this for 12 ladies!! Everyone commented. I think she cooked them in a muffin tin to keep them upright!!

samj142's Review

November 21, 2011
I thought this was an outstanding dish so did my family! It does take some time, but worth the effort. I used bulgar instead of brown rice and will make this again!

TerraO's Review

May 06, 2014
LOVE this recipe! As others have said, it is a lot of work to carve out the apples. Unless I am making it for a special event, I probably wont do that again BUT I have made this many times by just adding chopped apple into the mix and serving it like a stir fry. Its just as tasty and easier!

Barkly's Review

November 18, 2011
This was quite different, and very good. A nice lite supper werved with a few green beans from the garden. Here's the catch -- it's very time-consuming to make. Hollowing out the apples was no easy task. Considering the time required to make it, I would NOT do it again. A gratin or even a savory pie with similar flavors/ingredients could be an interesting experiment.

CodiBoo's Review

November 01, 2012