With Roast Chicken
Bramley Apple Week
It’s Bramley Apple week this week, from the 8th of February until Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February, we all have the extra opportunity of celebrating all things Bramley! I cook and bake with Bramley apples all year around, or to be more precise, when I can source them from my local greengrocers and farm shops, and they are an essential ingredient for all my pies, crumbles, cakes, bakes, stews, casseroles and even curries. My recipe for last year’s Bramley Apple Week for Apple Pie Muffins, has proved to be one of the most popular recipes on Lavender and Lovage, and so I hope it will prove to be with today’s special recipe for Savoury Sausage and Sage Baked Apples, served with Roast Chicken. It’s a simple savoury recipe for baked apples that are perfect when served with roast chicken or roast pork.
Plump Bramley Apples are stuffed with a home-made sausage and sage stuffing mixture, and are baked alongside roast chicken (or roast pork) as an imaginative accompaniment. They can also be served as a midweek family supper dish, with grilled pork chops or by themselves with gravy; we’ve enjoyed them that way for a light evening tea, with just a pot of onion gravy, and they were filling and very satisfying. You can prepare these stuffed apples up to 24 hours in advance, just pop them in the fridge in a covered container, this helps cut back on time when baking them for the Sunday lunch, or indeed for a midweek supper dish. Use the best quality pork sausages you can lay your hands on, and if sage isn’t your favourite herb, the stuffing mixture works just as well with thyme or rosemary, although do be careful when using rosemary, as it has quite a strong, pungent flavour.
I have shared BOTH recipes below, one for Savoury Sausage and Sage Roast Apples, my newly created recipe for Bramley Apple Week, and also a classic recipe for Perfect Roast Chicken too. There are instructions how to bake the stuffed apples alongside the roast chicken in the recipe steps, if you are planning to bake them as an accompaniment to a roast dinner. I’ve also shared some of my recipes on Lavender and Lovage that use Bramley apples, so you can choose what you would like to make during Bramley Apple Week! For more recipes using these historic English apples, why not check out the Bramley apple website here: Bramley Apple Recipes. Not only is it a week for apples this week, but it’s also Shrove Tuesday today and that means PANCAKES, so why not make a batch of these Bramley and Maple Syrup Pancakes, or check out some of my pancake recipes here: Lavender and Lovage Pancakes. See you soon for more travel stories with new recipes and kitchen chat! Karen
*Commissioned Post with Bramley Apples as part of my Bramley Apples Ambassador collaboration*
Bramley Apple Recipes:
I am adding this recipe to the Food Year Linkup over at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen for Bramley Apple Week