Savory Baked Apples

Breakfast has always been a difficult meal for me.  I’m not a fan of a lot of the traditional American breakfast foods that are based largely on starch and sweets, and I spent a number of years skipping breakfast altogether.  While I don’t believe that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day” (and this article dispels some of those myths), I do eat breakfast most days, and right now I am pretty tired of eggs.  This savory-sweet baked apple dish is a nice change of pace.  For this I used pastured, nitrate-free bacon that is thick cut.   This is highly adaptable according to what you have on hand–proscuitto is a nice swap for the bacon, for instance.

Savory Baked Apples

It’s best to use a firm-tart variety of apple for this, such as Granny Smiths, but any apple you enjoy will work.  Pictured is a batch made with Pinova’s because that’s what I had on hand, and they held up nicely to baking.  The filling amounts are going to vary based on the size of your apples, so use this as a guideline for four, medium apples and adjust as needed.  I cut a thin slice off of the base of the halved apples to increase stability while they bake, and you can either eat those pieces while you cook or dice them up and toss them into the filling. If you have extra filling after you stuff all of the apples, just scatter it around them and let it bake in the same dish.

Savory Baked Apples
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 firm-tart apples, halved from stem to blossom end, and cored
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 of a white onion, finely chopped (about a scant cup)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • pinch of crushed red pepper (optional)
  • some fresh thyme leaves, or a pinch of dried thyme
  • honey to drizzle on the bakes apples (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the apple halves in a baking dish large enough to hold them in a single layer.
  2. Toss the chopped bacon with the onion, raisins, crushed red pepper, and thyme. Use your hands to divide the filling into the apples. The filling is loose, so pat it into a little mound on each apple. Pour a half of a cup of water around the apples, and cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Remove the foil and return the baking dish to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes, to let the filling brown a bit.
  3. Serve hot, drizzled with a little honey, if desired.

Savory Baked Apples

These are also nice topped with some toasted walnuts or pine nuts and if you don’t want to do this much work before breakfast, they do refrigerate and reheat nicely.

 Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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20 Responses to Savory Baked Apples

  1. Nancy March 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    I never thought to add savory components to baked apples — what a great idea! They look beautiful.

    • Angela March 6, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      Thanks, Nancy! Bacon makes everything better.

  2. Bonnie Banters March 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Breakfast is my main meal, and I always look forward to it. I don’t care for the typical sweet fare either. This is a nice change of pace, and I love your savory version!

    • Angela March 6, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      Thank you, Bonnie!

  3. Karen Harris March 5, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Did someone say bacon? I’m not much of a breakfast food eater either, but I would definitely give this a try. Looks really good.

    • Angela March 6, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Yeah, it’s hard to wrong with bacon stuffed in apples.

  4. lisa keys March 6, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    This is the kind of dish that will make overnight guests feel extra special (without a lot of effort on my part). Thanks for sharing such a great recipe idea.

    • Angela March 6, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      Thanks, Lisa!

  5. katie March 6, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    This sounds awesome. I like moving away from the traditional breakfast some days. Must try this soon!

    • Angela March 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

      Thanks, Katie!

  6. Katja March 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    This looks delicious! Will have to try it.

    • Angela March 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

      I hope you like it!

  7. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living March 10, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Love the idea of sweet and savory flavors with fruit!

    • Angela March 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Thanks, Jeanette!

  8. Rachel March 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Stupid question, but I assume the bacon goes in raw? Or should it be pre-cooked? Thanks!

    • Angela March 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Not stupid, I definitely should have specified–it goes in raw, and it will crisp up a bit after you remove the cover.

  9. Anya May 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Love this idea! You can not go wrong with bacon! :)

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