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Maple Sausage-Stuffed Apples

Serves 4

These sweet and savory apples will hit the spot on an autumn day!


  • 4 large Golden Delicious apples, halved crosswise and cored
  • 1 pound chicken sausage
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped (a generous handful)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey mustard or Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 cups mixed greens


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch x 13-inch baking dish. Arrange the the apples in it, cut-sides up.
  3. In a medium size bowl, combine the sausage, parsley and maple syrup. Using a rubber spatula, stuff each apple half so that the sausage mixture mounds out of the top, then drizzle with the EVOO. If you need help with the oven, as a grown-up helper (GH) to bake the stufffed apples until tender and the sausage is cooked through, about 40-45 minutes.
  4. In a salad bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar and mustard, then whisk in the 1/4 cup EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Toss the greens with the dressing and serve with the stuffed apples.