Fact: You can’t subsist on sugar alone.
Fact: The most nutritious things you ate yesterday were the peanuts in that fun size snickers.
If your weekend was anything like mine, you probably should scrounge up some real food on the double. These stuffed apples are simple, tasty, forgiving, and even reheat well. They are hearty enough to counteract all that candy, but not too heavy for a pre-gym meal. I love them alongside a bowl of pumpkin soup and a green salad, but if you want to make these meatball stuffed apples the star, you might choose to serve two per person.
The folks at Home Market Foods, makers of Cooked Perfect Meatballs, have selected me and my meatball stuffed apple recipe to appear, with nine other finalists, on TV Diner on NECN next week. So fun! I’m really excited to see what the other finalists have up their sleeves. But I have to say, I love these stuffed apples. The sweet and tangy sauce on the meatballs is just fantastic (in fact, a big batch of these meatballs in sauce makes a great party dish all on its own). But all together, the turkey meatball, cranberry sauce, and apple make for a kind of mini, portable Thanksgiving dish that works all through November.
Meatball Stuffed Apples
4 medium-sized apples
4 Cooked Perfect Turkey Meatballs, thawed
1/2 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce
1/2 cup red wine
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Sweetened dried cranberries (for garnish, optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scoop out the stem and core of each apple, making a round space big enough for a meatball. Leave the bottom of each apple intact. Arrange the apples, standing up, in a baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes until slightly soft, but still sturdy.
While the apples are baking, in a saucepan over medium heat stir together the cranberry sauce, wine and mustard. Simmer for five minutes, until slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the meatballs to the sauce and toss to coat. Reduce heat to low and cook the meatballs in sauce for five minutes. Remove apples from the oven and sprinkle a bit of cheese into each apple. Add one meatball with a bit of sauce into each apple. Top each apple with remaining cheese. Return the apples to the oven and bake until the cheese is bubbly, about ten minutes. Sprinkle the meatball stuffed apples with cranberries if desired, and enjoy!