Brunch/ Meat/ Recipe

Apple Sausage Onion Skillet

Holy apple attack overload! I know, right now they’re everywhere! Including here. Everywhere I look there’s another apple recipe and apple rant. And every time I lift the lid off our CSA box, there’s another 8 to 10 apples. What to do with them all?!
But really, with so many delicious and amazing varieties to chow down on, why not make everything apple?! Besides, when they’re gone for the season, we’ll be missing ’em for sure. So, make me sick to death with all your apples – I’ll savor every last one.
In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m hopping on this apple bandwagon and giving you a modified version of Breakfast Skillet Cake – one that’s fit for a supper. This was warm, inviting, and full of flavor. If you like apples… And you like sausage… You’re gonna love this.

Apple Sausage Onion Skillet


  • 1 Lb Happy Chicken or Turkey Sausage (mine came from Galloping Goose Sausage Company).
  • 2 Medium Sized Apples, cored & cut into 1/2" slices.
  • 1 Medium Sized Onion, peeled & sliced.
  • 4 Tbsp Butter, unsalted.
  • 3 to 5 Tbsp Balsamic Reduction.
  • 1/2 C Dry Red Wine.
  • Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Black Pepper.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In an oven proof skillet (I prefer cast-iron), melt 1 Tbsp of the butter over medium-low heat. Add the sausages and fry until cooked through and browned on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add the rest of the butter to the pan and toss in the apples, onion, and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes or so until softened slightly and the apples begin to get a bit of color on them - stir occasionally.
  4. Add the sausage back to the pan, stir well and place in the oven. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, place mixture in a bowl, and cover with foil - set aside.
  6. Return the pan to the stove over medium heat and deglaze with wine, making sure to scrape all the little bits off the bottom of the pan. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until liquid has reduced by about half. Return everything back to the pan, heat through and drizzle with balsamic reduction.
  7. Eat.


Serve with whichever starch you like – basic polenta, buns of brioche, crispy roasted potatoes, or gourmet smashed potatoes


  • Ajax
    November 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Oh yum. Yum. Yum.

    If only the rest of my family had your good taste! This looks like an amazing sweet and savory favorite.

  • Kristy Lynn
    November 14, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    @ Ajax: aw shucks! make it when they’re not home 😉 or, make em eat it.

  • Sam
    November 14, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    I love the apple/onion combination. Maybe I’ll make a meatless version with tempeh instead of sausage.

  • Kristy Lynn
    November 14, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    @ Sam: Do it! Then lemme know how it turns out.

  • Heather Anne
    November 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    This looks fab! I am totally going to rock this when I get home from Alberta.

  • Amy
    November 15, 2011 at 5:51 AM

    I’m mad reading this… because I just gave away ALL of my apples, crap! This looks incredibly deliscious and I will be adding it to my ‘must try!’ recipe collection.

  • Teresa,
    November 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Kristy, first things first….I just added you to my blog roll…hope that is okay with you. I have told so many folks about your blog that it makes it so much easier to find you via my blog.
    Now, to the second thing. I love this recipe. I have lots of apples as well and a a package of organic chicken sausages so this is the recipe I will make for dinner tonight. Great photos as usual. Thanks.

  • Kristy Lynn
    November 15, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    @ Heather: You oughta! PS. Alberta?.. really??

    @ Amy: You silly girl! That’ll learn ya! 😉

    @ Teresa: First of all, I’m honored. And second of all, thanks for the words of encouragement! I hope the dish works out for you! Let me know if there’s anything that you’d change.

  • Shaheen
    November 15, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    I know this is a met dish, but its got me thinking – I’ve never had apples in a savoury dish…Just may have to try something…with veggie sausages 🙂

  • Kristy Lynn
    November 15, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    @ Shaheen: i love it!