Sautéed Sausages with Apples

These sautéed sausages with apples are an easy, no-fuss, one-pan meal that calls for just two ingredients and is on the table in just half an hour, making it ideal for those busy weeknights.

A white enamel cast-iron skillet filled with sautéed sausages with apples on a grey linen cloth.

This quick and easy weeknight dinner of sausage and apples requires only two ingredients and is on the table in just half an hour. If that hasn’t wooed you, the surprisingly impressive flavor of this one-pan meal certainly will.–Angie Zoobkoff

Sautéed Sausages with Apples

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  • 20 M
  • 30 M
  • Serves 2 to 4
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In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the sausage until cooked through, with no trace of pink remaining, 5 to 10 minutes for bulk sausage or 15 to 25 minutes for sausage links.

Meanwhile, core and slice the apples into wedges 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick.

Add the apples to the skillet containing the cooked sausage (or remove the sausage if there’s no room) and sauté until the apples are browned and tender but not mushy, 5 to 10 minutes.

Transfer the sausage and apples to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Serve hot.

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    • Tux variation

      You can bulk up this simple meal (and clean out your crisper) with the addition of extra vegetables. Sauté onions or cooked potato cubes with the sausages and apples, or add mushrooms, broccoli rabe, or Brussels sprouts to the skillet when you add the apples.

    Recipe Testers' Reviews

    This sautéed sausage with apples is a quick and easy last-minute dinner. This satisfying and tasty dinner will be ready to eat in less than a half hour. What could be easier than a 2-ingredient dinner? Add other vegetables, if you desire, but really, none are necessary.

    I used sweet Italian sausage and Honey Crisp apples. My only deviation to the recipe is that I would add the apples to the sausage before the sausage was completely cooked. It took about 15 minutes to cook my chubby sausages then another 10 to sauté the apples. Next time, I will cook the sausage for about 5 minutes, then add the apples so all will be cooked in approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

    This recipe serves 3 with nothing else served. Next time I make this, I will add a sliced onion when I add the apple for additional flavor.

    I decided to add a few other vegetables which turned the dish into a delicious one-pot meal. This included sliced red potatoes, sliced sweet onions, and broccoli rabe—the perfect vegetable complement to Italian sausage. With or without the extras, this recipe makes an ideal cold weather dish. The sweetness of the apples provides a counterbalance to the spice of the sausage and the bitterness of the broccoli rabe.

    I used Gala apples. I fried the sausages for 10 minutes and removed them from the pan. Then I cooked the potatoes and onions in the fat and then removed them and set them aside. Next, I sautéed the apples and broccoli rabe separately for 10 minutes each and added back the sausage, potatoes, and onions to complete the dish.

    There was no need to drain the sausage or any of the other ingredients. A little salt added to the dish would help to boost flavor. Serves 4 or more if you add some of the suggested vegetables.


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