The Holiday season is the time for turkey and fall is the time for apples. These savory sweet turkey stuffed apples bring both together in a dish inspired by classic Turkish cuisine. This healthily delicious recipe takes a little forethought, but once the filling is prepared the dish is easy enough to pull together, with an outcome that’s not only scrumptious, but perfect for the Fall season.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion until it is soft and turning brown, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the pine nuts and cook until they are a light gold color. Set aside
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground chicken and turkey, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Add the onions and pine nuts. And work them into the paste.
- Cut the apples in half lengthwise through the stem end. Use a small knife or melon baller to remove the cores. Scoop out about one third of the pulp, finely mince and mix it into the meat mixture.
- Stuff the apples with the meat, set them on a baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes until browned. Serve with a salad of wilted greens or Basic Couscous.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 tablespoons pine nuts
- 4-ounces ground chicken
- 3-ounces ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 3 large Braeburn or Fuji apples, about 1-pound each
Ann's Tips and Tricks
If you see quinces in the market, substitute them for the apples. They will need to be pre-baked for 1 hour to soften, but their unique taste is quite delicious.