September 13, 2010
Easy fall dinner: slow cooker apples and sausage
We came back from a little trip to North Carolina--more on that later--with lots of apples. I threw something together in our slow cooker and we've been eating it for days. Very kid friendly, at least with our kids.
It was so easy and fall-ish. The apples made the onions sweet, and the sausage made the apples savory and smoky, and the rosemary permeated it all. Finally, there's a teeny bit of a snap in the air that's making me excited for fall (or at least it doesn't feel like walking into an oven whenever we go outside). And this really celebrated that feeling for me
Slow cooker apples and sausage
(makes about six servings)
1 lb. cooked sausage (we used smoked sausage, you could use kielbasa, chicken and apple sausage, maybe even browned Italian sausage)
1 large onion sliced thinly
3-5 apples, depending on size and how much you like them, cored and sliced, left unpeeled (or peeled if you prefer)
A couple of teaspoons of fresh rosemary
1) Layer ingredients in slow cooker
2) Cook for about 4-5 hours until onions and apples are tender, but still hold their shape
3) Serve with stuffing (I just used the boxed kind, but homemade would be lovely, especially if you diced some apples into it or added some fresh herbs). Drizzle juice from the slow cooker over stew and stuffing.
Variations: I think that using cinnamon and nutmeg instead of the rosemary would be nice.
Sliced pears or potatoes would make nice additions. Some golden raisins would be lovely.
I keep thinking of more and more ways to modify this.
I'm going to try this one. It looks yummy. I appreciate you sharing your recipes with us. I'm always on the lookout for something slow and easy to do in the crock pot.
BTW, what kind of apples did you use?
Posted by: Martha Armour at September 13, 2010 3:46 PM
I used a couple different kinds. I think some Jonagolds that we got at an apple festival in NC, and some that were falling off the trees in an ancient orchard at the farmhouse we went to with friends last weekend.
Posted by: Jo at September 13, 2010 4:54 PM
I tried it this evening. The kids and I liked it, but Tom does not care for sweet with his meat (he's a pooh). Anyway, it was so fast and easy to make and had a wonderful combination of flavors. I added some Penzey's Mural of Flavor spice in addition to the fresh Rosemary. Mine cooked very quickly on low in the crock pot (3 hours). Tom wants me to try again, but with potatoes. We'll see!
Posted by: Martha Armour at September 17, 2010 7:48 PM
Ooooo, that spice mix sounds great! I love Penzey's, wish there was one in Georgia. We had one in Pittsburgh, and I totally fell in love with it.
I bet it would be really good with potatoes, a little Germanic (perfect for Oktoberfest!).
Posted by: Jo at September 17, 2010 10:04 PM
I've been ordering on line from Penzeys. The Mural of Flavor was included in a sample, and I liked it so much I ordered a jar. I have a feeling that actually going into a Penzeys store would greatly lighten my pocketbook :-)
Posted by: Martha Armour at September 18, 2010 9:33 AM