Maple Sausage-Stuffed Apples

Coming up short on kids’ meal ideas?  Try this one.


  • 4 large golden delicious apples, halved crosswise and cored
  • 1 pound chicken or sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley (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


Pre-heat the oven to 375° F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, then add the apples, cut sides up.

In a medium 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 EVOO. Ask your Grown-Up Helper (GH) to bake the stuffed apples until tender and the sausage is cooked through, 40-45 minutes.

In a salad bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar and mustard, then whisk in 1/4 cup EVOO; season with salt and pepper. Toss the greens with the dressing and serve with the stuffed apples. Yum-o!

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