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!


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.


Another great quick meal! Love all your dinner ideas.
Mmmmm, I can smell the aroma from here, fennel and all, love it!
mil said…
voila`.... just like that!!!

Mouth watering dish.
Spatter, patter... so you have to clean the stove top.
Claudia said…
You are bossy - but that's okay - in this case you are right. Comfort me with apples...... and sausages.
SarahB said…
Beautiful pictures! This looks fantastic!
LOVE THIS IDEA! Can't wait to make it! Thanks for the inspiration!
Anonymous said…
That looks so yummy! I love sage with sausage and onions!
Jen_from_NJ said…
I just made pork chops with apples and onions and it was delicious. I love your sausage idea even more! Perfect fall dinner!
Pam said…
I love everything about this recipe! All of the ingredients together make one amazing meal.
That looks good. I keep thinking of the Little House books where Almanzo says his favorite dish is "fried apples 'n' onions". I remember thinking it was gross as a kid, but now I think it's sorta brilliant.

So I move the onions around a lot, right? ;-)
Amy V. said…
Crazy night, home late, kids/Halloween parties/costumes, etc....came SO close to ordering take out. Scanned the fridge, remembered your recipe. Out of this world dinner that we all loved. 20 minutes from prep to sit down. My only regret - I finished the fresh sage a few days ago...I can see how it would have been perfect. Pizza wouldn't have arrived as quickly and wouldn't have been nearly as good. Will add this to my fall recipes.
Carole said…
This is comfort food to the nth degree.