Rustic Dinner: Sausages, Apples & Onions
If this doesn't say comfort food and cool weather, I don't know what does.
This is a one pan dish made in a cast iron skillet.
Buy the best homemade sausages you can find, preferably from a butcher (I buy mine from Vacchiano Farms in NJ). Choose sweet sausages (I am so bossy), I like fennel in mine, but it's a personal choice.
A couple of fall farm stand apples, and a few onions and dinner is almost ready.
Rustic Dinner: Sausages, Apples & Onions (inspired by Canal House Cooking)
8 small links of sausage, or 4 links, cut in half
2 small onions, peeled and cut in half, lengthwise
2 apples, peeled, cored and quartered
salt and pepper
fresh sage leaves for garnish
You can adjust the amount of onions, sausage or apples for the amount of people you are feeding. No real rules here.
Start by heating a 12" cast iron skillet w/ olive oil and placing the onion halves, cut side down. Cook about 5 minutes on medium heat.
I needed a splatter screen for this, the onions were spitting!
DO NOT DISTURB OR MOVE THE ONIONS THE ENTIRE TIME OF COOKING, OK?
Now add the sausage links and apple quarters to the skillet.
Season with salt and pepper.
With tongs, move the sausage links until brown on all sides and reduce the heat a bit.
When the apples start to brown, turn them over with the tongs, all the while NOT DISTURBING THE ONIONS! I know you're tempted.
After about 15 minutes, everything should be done.
Garnish with fresh sage leaves and serve with crusty bread (which I also cooked in the skillet).
Now the onions are done.