Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Time Apples Replaced Peppers

During the Fall there is always quite the obsession with apples and pumpkins. Usually this obsession comes in the form of sweets, which I have to say I have definitely been guilty of. I finally made a savory dish with pumpkin a few weeks back, and I was on a mission to do the same with apples. I decided to pick some ingredients that I thought would pair nicely together - sausage and onion, and decided to swap out peppers (aka what would usually be added) with some delicious slices of green apple. This dish was a big win in my book. The flavors paired wonderfully together, and I can't wait to make it again. 

Sausage & Apples
(inspiration found here, serves 4)

- 1 (12 oz) package of Trader Joe's smoked, apple chardonnay chicken sausage, sliced (or any sweet sausage of your choice)
- 1 tbsp olive oil, for browning the sausage
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 medium sized onion, sliced
- 1 1/2 granny smith apples, sliced
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Salt & pepper (to taste)

1. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. 
2. Once the pan warms up, add the olive oil, and begin browning the sliced sausage. (Flipping the sausage on each side to make sure all sides have lightly browned.)
3. Transfer the browned sausage to a paper towel lined plate (in order to remove the extra grease) and set to the side. 
4. In the same pan (which should now be on medium heat), add the tbsp of butter and let it melt before adding the onion. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent (being careful not to burn them). 
5. Mix in the apples, cider vinegar, and brown sugar with the onions, and continue stirring gently about 10 to 15 minutes (or until caramelized). 
6. Once caramelized, add the already cooked sausage slices, and salt/pepper (to taste).  
7. Let it heat up for a few minutes before serving, and enjoy.


Fashion Meets Food said...

This looks so good! I think I might make this for dinner tonight!


Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

oo sounds delicious!!

Gluten Free Girl's Guide to Chicago said...

Yum! Love the idea of apples!

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