This is an awesome dish in autumn when apples are fresh off the tree. On the other hand, it’s pretty awesome any time of the year. Best apples for baking: Granny Smith, Fuji, and Rome Beauty.

Savory Baked Apples

1/4 cup chopped raw pecans
4 large apples
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup dairy-free butter spread
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Toast the chopped pecans by stirring constantly in a dry pan over medium heat until they just start to brown. Remove the pan immediately from the heat, and continue to stir constantly for 1 minute. Then pour into a shallow dish to cool.
  3. Core the apples from top to near bottom, leaving enough flesh at the bottom to contain the filling.
  4. Combine the pecans, onion, dairy-free butter spread, sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix. Use this mixture to tightly fill the cavity of each apple.
  5. Place apples upright in a baking dish that contains a little water, enough to cover the bottom.
  6. Bake for 1 hour, or until the apples are soft and the filling is browned.

Yield: Serves 4
Food groups: protein (pecans), carbohydrate (onion), fruit (apples), vegetable (onion)

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