Baked Apples Filled With Sausage

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1 pound bulk sausage
6 large tart baking apples
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 cup chopped figs
brown sugar, ground cinnamon, grated lemon rind, or chopped figs


Morris Shanstrom has loved cooking since he was a boy. During the Depression, his family took in a woman who cooked and cleaned for them, and she taught Morris to bake bread and cinnamon rolls. To this day, he bakes for his family every week. He and his wife taught cooking in 4-H, and they and their two children have given cooking demonstrations on television. His daughter surprised him by entering him in his first cooking contest, a Jimmy Dean sausage cook-off, and he won. Morris thinks of cooking as an activity the whole family can do together.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Brown the sausage in a large skillet. Wash the apples and cut a slice from the tops. Scoop out the flesh, leaving shells ½ inch thick. Cut the flesh from the cores and chop it. Add the chopped apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon rind, and figs to the sausage and mix well. Fill the apple shells with the mixture. Sprinkle the tops with brown sugar, cinnamon, grated lemon rind, or chopped figs. Place in a baking dish, cover, and bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Serve with hot biscuits and a green salad.


6 servings


Morris Shanstrom, Pueblo, Colorado Colorado State Fair and E

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Baked Apples filled with Sausage Question

What would go well with this recipe? Rice, maybe? Suggestions? Thank you!

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Hello Dawn,

Rice would go well with this recipe. You can also enjoy with a fresh salad!

Thank you,

Your OFA Editors

apples stuffed with sausage recipe question

Are the figs fresh or dried?


Hello Charlotte,

We used fresh figs in the recipe, however you can use dried figs if fresh are not readily available. 

Thank you,

Your OFA editors

This recipe sounds great!

This recipe sounds great! unfortunately, there is no information regarding calories. I have to watch my caloric intake very carefully.

I really do like the sound of

I really do like the sound of this presentation of tart apples! I have saved it to my recipe box, and I have printed it off. The next time I want to impress anyone with my dinner table, this recipe will be included front and center. No doubt it will be enjoyed and appreciated.

I have never thought of

I have never thought of stuffing applies with anything other than brown sugar. This is 'interesting'.

This sounds delicious !

This sounds delicious !