Pork – stuffed apples!
Pork – this is definitely a recipe you have to try, it is so awesome and when I ate the pork-stuffed apples, my immediate thought was: “Why did I not think of that? ”
Pork stuffed inside an apple? Yes, I kid you not! Try it. it is too delicious not to. I remember years back when every big wedding, Matric farewell or function had a suckling pig on the table with the cute little red apple in the mouth. I love pork, everyone reading my blog will know this, but I have never liked the thought of this whole piggy thing…..I was always after that apple, because it had such lovely flavor from the pork…. So it was always me and this pig/apple thing. A while back I was invited to lunch at The Test Kitchen with chef Luke Dale-Roberts. As its name implies, The Test Kitchen, though primarily a restaurant, affords Luke the opportunity for maximum innovation as a chef, as well as being a space to use as “the creative hub” for a variety of different projects, including regular cooking.
Luke is renowned for many awesome dishes, some far too innovative and creative for my home cook mind, but his beetroot tart at La Colombe inspired me to try and make it at home and I was actually quite impressed.
This time, with his Stuffed apples took me back years to the little piggy and the red apple. I just had to make it at home! Here goes!
Luke served this with his unbelievable pork belly, I served mine with a de-boned pork neck. Make as many of these little apples as you can, they are very much in demand.
Apples stuffed with pork and wrapped in bacon
12 small apples – I prefer red
12 rashes bacon
6 good quality pork sausages – removed from casings
a few sprigs of thyme
Pre-heat oven to 180C
Wash and dry the apples and remove the little stems. Use an apple corer and core the apples, but do not cut right through the apples. Now take the sausage stuffing and stuff each apple, about ½ sausage per apple. Wrap a piece of bacon around each apple, overlapping the ends at the bottom of the apple. Place a sprig of thyme on each apple and bake for about 20 minutes or until the apples are soft and the bacon is crispy.
Place around your favorite pork roast and indulge a little!
Cook’s Notes – Just for today, stuff meatless monday, stuff low-fat, stuff low-whatever, just stuff it!!!