Baked Stuffed Apple

Like super easy mini apple pies.  Perfect for a healthier thanksgiving dessert.  Serve with caramel sauce to make things extra delicious.  (Everything's better with a sauce or condiment, yes?)  Recipe is per apple.  I used granny smith.  I like them best for baking but if you're feeling crazy try  crispin, honey crisp or pink lady.  

Makes 1.  

Stuffed Baked Apple

1 apple

1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped pecans

1 1/2 teaspoon oats

1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar, plus a pinch more

cinnamon, to taste

1 tablespoon butter, melted

1 sheet phyllo dough

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel apple halfway, leaving peel of bottom for apple with peel.  Carefully, remove core from the bottom.  Save the blossom/end piece.  Mix pecans, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and about 1 teaspoon of the melted butter.  Spoon into apple.  Replace end bit.   Rub apple with brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.   

Brush one half of the phyllo dough with melted butter, fold in half and wrap apple.  Brush with butter.  Place baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.  

For the  apple cider sauce:  boil 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons apple cider and a pinch of salt.  Carefully, stir in a teaspoon of butter and a splash of milk.  Serve warm.  

 

Autumn Hash

I think this is a great weekend breakfast to make for people you really like.  You could leave out the meat entirely if you're having a vegetarian moment or substitute another meat.  I think a chicken apple sausage would be a great trade.  Serve with eggs and toast.

Autumn Hash

4 to 8 oz bacon (depending on preference), chopped

1 celery root, peeled and diced

1 large potato, peeled and diced

1 sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 onion, peeled and diced

olive oil

2 sprigs fresh thyme

several sprigs fresh chives, diced

salt and pepper

1 apple, peeled, cored, diced

juice of 1/2 lemon

In a skillet, cook bacon until crispy.  Transfer to towel to drain.  Pour out grease from pan and lightly wipe it out.  Return to medium heat and cook celeriac, sweet potato, potato and onion in a drizzle of olive oil.  Add thyme sprigs.  Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add 2 tablespoons of water, cover and let cook 10 to 15 minutes until vegetables are fully cooked.  Add apples, lemon juice and cooked bacon.  Season with salt, pepper and chives to taste.  Cook 5 minutes more.  Serve warm.