Apples and Sausages (VeganMoFo #4)

Apples and Sausages

As I’ve already said in previous posts, I really like fall and one of the reasons is apples! When I was a kid, one of the most popular meals around our house was Apples and Sausage. As far as I can remember, it was one of the few things that all 3 of the kids would eat.

Admittedly, that’s not the most beautiful plate of food. It usually helps to see a picture of a recipe before trying it, but in this case, don’t let it scare you away!

There wasn’t any info online about where this dish came from. Here’s what I got from my mom:

Me: Where did you get this recipe? How’d you even know about it?

Mom: a Cub Scouts Awards ceremony! Kitty B brought it and Rob loved it. You know, Rob never liked anything! So I had to get the recipe. She said it’s not really a recipe, but this is what I do.

Me: I won’t say Kitty’s full name in my post. (side note- I never knew her.)

Mom: She’s dead now. I don’t think she’d care.

The original was just apples, sausages and cinnamon baked in a casserole. A few days ago, Vez posted a version at the PPK and it was the final push to get me to finally veganize it. I’d only been meaning to do it for a year. All this time I’d been guessing it was a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe and it was actually a Cub Scout recipe (circa 1957)!

Apples and Sausage
Adapted from my mom

juice from 1/2 a lemon
6 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 cup leeks, sliced
3 sausages cut in 1/4 in slices
1 tsp sage
1/4 tsp galangal (sub ginger)
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp white wine, broth or cider
juice from 1/2 a lemon
6 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
oil or spray for casserole pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly oil a casserole pan.

Prepare apples by tossing with the lemon juice. Set aside.

Heat oil over medium heat. Add sausages and stir until lightly browned. Add leeks and saute 2-3 minutes more. Add sage, galangal, lemon pepper, chili powder and the salt. Stir for about 2-3 minutes, then add the salt and white wine to deglaze the pan. Remove from heat. Toss with the apples and dump into casserole pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes until apples are the right tenderness for you.

I like to use a blend of apples in this and bake it until some are still a little more like slices while others have broken down more. Serve it with some roasted vegetables on the side.

For the record, my mom also said this morning that she didn’t think my sister liked it much. Oh, well. I probably think she liked a lot of things she really didn’t.

What did your mom make that you’ve veganized?

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9 Comments

  1. Posted October 4, 2008 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm. Apples and sausage? Wow. Sounds interesting. As far as my mom goes, she didn’t really cook so I guess I’m missing out on trying to veganize something she made. Chicken in the Crockpot was a regular dish made by my dad. Not sure how I’d veganize that . . .

  2. Posted October 4, 2008 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of that. Sounds like it could be pretty good, though.

    The only thing my mom made quite often that I’ve tried to veganize is chicken stew with dumplings. I just omitted the chicken all together, which made it pretty simple. The only problem was that I made way, way too much stew, and the boyfriend and I aren’t big on leftovers. (I couldn’t explain it if I tried…)

    I plan to make her apple crisp before VeganMoFo is over. Just a butter substitution with that one.

  3. Posted October 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Apples and sausages, huh?! Sounds like it could be good!

    I was a vegetarian growing up, so my “veganizing” simply involves finding substitutes for dairy–not that hard. I really like her Mexican lasagna–just layers of tortillas, refried beans, onions and zucchini and salsa and cheese. I replaced the cheese with a nutritional yeast sauce, and voila!

    Courtney

  4. Posted October 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Is the recipe you posted the one from your mom, or the one Vez posted on the PPK? I’m surprised about the leeks–we never had those growing up. I tried my first one in my 20s, then called my mom up on the phone to bitch her out for withholding. Her excuse was that she’d never had them either!

    The only thing I can think of I’ve veganized from my mom is her London broil. She used this marinade I love from McCormick, which is still availabe, so I just buy that and use it with seitan or tofu…

    xo
    kittee

  5. Posted October 4, 2008 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Kittee, it’s an adaptation from my Mom’s. Her’s was literally apples, cinnamon and sausage.Period. So I shifted the spices, added some wine, used vegan sausages and added a leek. I don’t remember my mom ever using leeks when we were kids either. And if she did, we probably wouldn’t have liked them. I don’t remember ever having London Broil! I’ll have to scope it out.

    Courtney, I LOVE the idea of Mexican lasagna.

    Cody, I do the same thing with my Mom’s apple crisp! It’s still my favorite recipe. Some things (like soup or stew) we like as leftovers. It’s a short list, though.

    Little One, maybe you could do something with chicken seitan?

  6. Posted October 5, 2008 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I’ve never had anything like this, but it sounds really good. The idea of apples in savory dishes intrigues me. I think I’ll try it.

  7. Posted October 5, 2008 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Ooooh, Erica! Let me know if you do!

  8. Posted October 7, 2008 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Hi! I just stumbled upon this blog. My husband and I eat vegan meals very often. I ate apples and sausage growing up too, I think I’ll try this recipe.

    It’s not something my mother made, but we love Thai curry for dinner. Assorted chopped veggies, 1/2 can lite coconut milk, 1/2 hot pepper (habanero, we love spicy food) and about a Tbsp Thai red curry paste. I make 10 minute brown rice, and voila a 10 minute, delicious, vegan supper.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted October 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    This looks great! I’m going to make this soon. But you mentioned 6 cups of apples twice. I assume you only want 6 cups and not 12?

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