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.


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

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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


  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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  1. Liz says:

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. I’ve never had savory baked apples and I think this idea is genius! Thanks do much for such a great recipe!

  2. Lorna says:

    Made this Saturday night and it was great! I like Kiley’s idea of the pork mixture with sweet potato too.

  3. Tina says:

    Devoured this! My family fell in love with this recipe. Used the large gala apples, perfect size. Going on the top of my list of recipes. On a side note, my tags expired in May, renewed them but never put the new stickers on. Never received a ticket, apparently police in Phoenix don’t care. If I could share the wealth, I would.

  4. Jen says:

    Sooooo good! Had these for dinner tonight with some scrambled eggs. Used bulk breakfast sausage because I didn’t have any ground pork but kept everything else the same. Even my kids and husband who do not share my love for all things Paleo, ate them up! Thanks for your amazing recipes!!

  5. Lori says:

    This looks delish! What side dish do you recommend to go with?

    1. juli says:

      Brussels sprouts

  6. Emily Hughes says:

    I love Honey Crisp apples too. They are definitely GMO though, they never existed before a couple of years ago and the company has a patent of the new gene which is why they are so expensive. So I haven’t been indulging since I went Paleo. Does anyone know if it’s bad to eat them?
    I don’t really understand why GMO is so bad.

    1. Megan says:

      They aren’t necessarily GMO. Hybrids and GMO are different. We sell them at my work and they are certified organic, which therefore means they are not GMO. Right now they aren’t too expensive, since it is the peak of Apple season. They are cheaper than our fujis right now! You really can’t beat a honey crisp, best flavor and texture!

  7. Nicole says:

    Dude I have made these three times! Such a great combination of flavors! My roommate and I had gone to a wonderful orchard about two hours away and used our fresh picked apple for this and the apple cider donuts that you made too.. AMAZEBALLS!!!

  8. Cheryl says:

    Made these last night for dinner and they were DELISH! Subbed ACV for red wine vinegar and subbed onion powder for onions (I have a texture thing with onions). Honey crisp apples were definitely the right choice (I HEART them!). These apples even got Hubby approved, and he’s a tough critic. Haven’t cooked too much with sage before and have to say I love the flavor!

  9. Mary Yeager says:

    I printed this recipe a couple of months ago and I finally made it today. Wish I would’ve made it earlier. So Yummy! My husband raved about it!

  10. Eve says:

    This looks amazing. I don’t eat pork, but do you think this would be good with either chicken or turkey? I want to make this tonight!

    1. juli says:

      for sure