Monday, November 16, 2009

Grilled Apples with Sausage and Sage Stuffing

I was lost.  Armed only with a cup of coffee, a couple of grilling books, and an eagerness to get back to the blog, I sat this morning flipping aimlessly through the pages.  Here I was with an entire Sunday ahead of me, beautiful weather that was more like mid May than mid November, and I couldn't come up with a single idea for what to grill.  For some reason, I kept thinking turkey. (I'm pretty sure I fell asleep with the Food Network on last night and dreamt through several Thanksgiving episodes)  But it was too soon to go back to turkey after the gobbler incident of several weeks ago.  I was in the mood for something new, different, yet not complicated.  I kept coming back to something I saw on another blog a couple months ago.  Hmm, fruit stuffed with meat and topped with butter.  Sounds right up my alley.  So I figured I'd give Stuffed Apples a try and add the disclaimer that I totally stole this recipe/idea from another blog, but it just looked way too delicious not to try.  Thanks for the inspiration Another Pint Please.

I started off with making the stuffing.  I sauted some onions and celery in butter, then added the sausage and sage.  Pretty easy. 
Now for making the apple shells.  Not so easy.  I started out with a small knife and several utensils later found that a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon seemed to work as an impromtu melon baller where I could scoop out a fair amount of apple guts without worrying about piercing the sides.  I always have to resist the urge to go to the tool box when cooking, but i considered a power drill with a 2 inch hole bit.  One day, around the time I had aquired a reciprocating saw, I  had a hankering for just the corner piece of a whole lasagna that was tempting me from the freezer.  (Picture the frozen lasagna C-clamped to the kitchen counter and me hovering over with a power saw)  I wisely resisted though.  Now back to scooping apples Brian. 
Once my apples were ready, I just spooned the sausage stuffing in and drizzled maple syrup over everything.  Lastly I topped the apples with a piece of butter.  Off to the grill we go.

For some extra flavor I added some apple wood chips to the coals for smokiness.  Total cook time was about 30 mins on the indirect heat side.
As for notes to remember for next time:
     - smaller fire next time (my apples cooked way too fast)
     -Red Delicious apples worked way better than the green Granny Smiths. (they held up better on the grill and i think tasted better)

Oh yeah... I had steak for dinner too.  I was going to post that to the blog too but all the pictures were pretty much awful.  I hate that it gets dark so early now.


  1. Yummy - although I did enjoy the green apple! I'm so lucky to be married to such a great chef/grill master!

  2. These look delicious and your blog is really fun to read!

  3. Where's the snow-b-cue'ing pictures? You could have hot chocolate without going inside!