Apples are in season. I would know, I picked them in Pittsburgh. From a tree and everything. Then ate them. And they were delicious. I even posed while picking them. So natural.

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Problem is, with apples, all I ever want to do is make apple pie. Which I did in Pittsburgh. PS it was great. When I finish my latest project, I’ll definitely show you what it looks like. You may want to put your mouth on it. Like someone from Pawnee drinking from the water fountain. If you don’t understand that reference, stop reading this and watch Parks & Rec. Favorite episode of all time. But until then, you’ll have to just watch me pick apples. Back to the point though, apples can do so much more than just apple pie. You can bake meat in them! Thrilling, I know. Sweet and savory are just the best.

Speaking of the best, I’m obsessed with The Mindy Project. Mostly because Mindy’s outfits are the best. Ever. Who else can sport plaid and polkadots together? Only her. Each season of her show keeps getting better and better. I need her wardrobe. At least I read her book. That has nothing to do with her outfits but man is that book hilarious.

WTFITSALREADYOCTOBER?? I would have had no idea except I got an email this morning saying I need to pay rent. What a terrible reminder it’s the beginning of the next month. I just have so much to get done in the month of October, it’s going by too fast already!!!! It’s stressing me out. I know how to deal with my stress…gluten free donuts. I’m going to buy one today. Yes, I should be working. But I just know a donut will make me more productive. It’s science. Another reminder it’s October, I just got a $75 ticket for not changing the registration sticker on my license plate. Thanks for the subtle reminder parking police. PS you’re the worst.

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Double Pork & Sage Stuffed Baked Apples

  • Yield: 4-5 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 5 apples (I used honey crisp), halved and hollowed out using a melon baller
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • extra ghee for topping apples

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place bacon on a baking sheet and bake bacon in oven for 15 minutes or until crispy then chop into small pieces.
  3. While bacon is cooking, cut apples in half then use a melon baller to hollow out each apple then set aside.
  4. Place a large saute pan over medium heat. Add ghee and minced garlic.
  5. Once garlic becomes fragrant, add onion and ground pork.
  6. Brown pork and break into small pieces, then add celery, salt, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, black pepper, red wine vinegar, sage and chopped bacon. Mix well until combined.
  7. Scoop mixture into each apple half. Top each apple with about 1 teaspoon of ghee on top of the mixture.
  8. Place in a baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes until apples are tender.

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42 Comments

  1. Naomi says:

    Holy crap, I literally never post comments on anything, but this is my absolute favorite recipe I’ve ever made of yours. Soooooo good, though I may have a put a little more bacon than the recipe called for 😛 well done!

    1. juli says:

      yay!! so glad to hear it!

  2. Melanie says:

    I made these over the weekend and have been taking them to work for lunch. Everyone keeps coming in my office saying that smells so good, yes they are I reply… Thanks for the great recipe

  3. Gundumani says:

    Absolutely divine combination of tastes and textures. Thank you for this lovely fall recipe. Made it for dinner tonight. A friend who wants to learn to cook came over and helped me make them. She went nuts about it when she took her first bite. I used apple cider vinegar instead of the one in the recipe and I used 2 teaspoons of dried sage instead of 2 Tbsp of fresh sage because that’s what I had in the house.

  4. Rachel Campbell says:

    Do you do anything with the apple you scooped out?

  5. Kat says:

    I LOVE this recipe. I make it a few times a year, and jealous coworkers are always trying to steal my leftovers in the break room. (I give them the recipe, but I don’t share because it’s too delicious.) The only changes I made were adding garlic at the end of the onion cooking time (because, Italian), and adding in the scooped out apple pieces to the pork mixture before it goes into the apple halves. Delicious! Thank you!

    1. juli says:

      awesome!! so glad you like the recipe! thanks for supporting the blog!