Have a hankering for pork? Try BBQ baked apples with savoury pork stuffing on for size!
I thought I would give BBQ BAKED APPLES WITH SAVOURY PORK STUFFING a bash, and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. I particularly loved the fact that each individual apple forms a Minnie parcel of deliciousness. I served these with some baked veggies to create a taste bud blowing dinner for my whole family.
From the first bite the sweetness and acid from the apples permeates the savory and sumptuousness of the pork, complimenting the underlying onion, and celery which is further enhanced by the scrumptious herbs which lift the stuffing to a fuller richer flavor, so make sure not to skimp on those particular ingredients. I can’t wait for you to try this one.
Give it a go and enjoy…
BBQ BAKED APPLES WITH SAVOURY PORK STUFFING
Total serving with give you about 8 – 12 stuffed apples
- 4 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 2-3 fresh thyme sprigs (leaves only)
- 6 to 8 fresh sage leaves, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 pound ground pork
- Sea salt – to your personal taste
- Freshly cracked pepper – to your personal taste
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 8 to 12 apples
- Fresh parsley for topping
Fire up the bbq and bring it up to a temperature of 350º Fahrenheit = 176.67º Celsius.
Whilst you wait for the BBQ to come up to the correct temperature get cracking on the pork stuffing.
If you have a side burner on your BBQ fire it up and set a large skillet or fry pan to work over a medium heat.
1) In a large skillet (over medium heat) combine and heat up the 2 tablespoons of butter with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
2) Once hot add both the onions and chopped celery to the skillet and cook for about five minutes stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft.
3) Breaking the meat mince up cook thoroughly until the pork is no longer pink (again this will take around 5).
4) Stir in the herbs and generously season with salt and pepper to your personal preference.
5) Add the breadcrumbs and toss to combine.
6) Cut the first 1/4 of the apple off the top of each apple
7) Use a teaspoon or similar, scoop out the center of each apple ensuring no core or seeds are left behind (your aim is to ensure you have enough of the apple wall left to make a wall for your delicious stuffing.
8) Divide the stuffing evenly between each of the apples, pushing stuffing down into each hollow.
9) Transfer the stuffed apples to a large baking dish.
10) Dot each apple with a small knob of the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
11) Indirect BBQ Bake your apples (ensuring the tray the apples are on is not making direct contact with the hot plate as this will cause the apples to burn).
12) Indirect BBQ bake until the flesh of the apples is soft and tender and the stuffing is a warm golden brown (should be about 1 hour)
Finally sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley to serve.