Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Recipe: Savory Stuffed Apples

Apples + cheese are sometimes all you need! But when you want to add a little flair with seasonal ingredients to your table, give this one a try. It's easy and impressive. Here's a little video from KARE 11...

Savory Stuffed Apples
serves 12
12 tart apples, cored-leaving 1" bottom on apple creating a wide cavity 
1 lb. chorizo
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
1C wild rice, cooked
4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
1T smoked paprika
olive oil
salt + pepper
-season butternut squash with olive, salt + pepper; roast at 400˚F until tender
-sauté onion, chorizo and smoked paprika in small amount of olive oil until chorizo is cooked through; season with salt + pepper to taste
-combine cooked squash with chorizo mixture and cooked wild rice; re-season as needed
-fill cored apples with stuffing mixture and place in oven proof baking dish with 1" water
-cover with foil and bake at 375˚F for about 30 minutes or until apples are just tender
-uncover, top apples with cheddar cheese and return to oven to for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and apples are tender but not falling apart
-serve warm on a bed of additional stuffing

Note: you can core the apples a couple of hours ahead of stuffing, just turn them upside down in the 1" of water and place in fridge until ready to stuff.