Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage for Your Holiday Party

By Stacie Morgan, December 15, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

If you’re like me, you have a hankering for home-cooked barbecue all year long, but it’s not always easy to make it the winter because it’s cold and wet outside. And when you want to use a low energy use recipe, it’s even harder to satisfy that barbecue craving.

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Well, you don’t have to worry this year, because I’ve created a delicious barbecue-inspired sausage dish that will make a great appetizer for any holiday party appetizer. The apples, sausage, spices, and barbecue sauce combine for a delectably sweet, tangy, and savory dish.

While I use a hickory-smoked garlic sausage link from my favorite local producer, feel free to use your preferred brand of smoked sausage. I then choose either a peppery or smoky barbecue sauce instead one with honey because the sweet apple jelly and honey add all the extra sweetness I need. But if you only have a sweet barbecue sauce on hand, skip the honey in the ingredients.

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I opt for Opal apples in this recipe because they are usually available at just this time of year, and they hold up well in the sauce in terms of texture.  If you can’t find this variety, grab a Gala or Golden Delicious apple instead, and avoid Granny Smith or Red Delicious apples because they can be too tart or not hold up texture wise, respectively. This recipe cooks very quickly, so make sure you don’t overcook the apples as they can become mushy.

This is a great dish in terms of overall flavor and low energy use. If you use this as an appetizer for a holiday shindig, we recommend cutting the sausage and apples into smaller pieces after you’ve finished cooking and providing toothpicks for your guests. But if you keep this meal all to yourself, slap it between two slices of bread for a yummy sandwich!

Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage

Ingredients:

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  • 1 14 oz. Sausage link, sliced
  • 2 Opal or Gala apples
  • ½ c. Barbecue sauce (store-bought)
  • ¼ c. Apple cider
  • 1 tbsp. Apple jelly
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. Black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. Butter

Directions:

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1) Wash the apples and cut them into thin slices.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage for Your Holiday Party | Bounce Energy Blog

2) Measure out the seasonings and spices. Mix them together in a small bowl.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage for Your Holiday Party | Bounce Energy Blog

3) Slice the sausage link into thin pieces.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage for Your Holiday Party | Bounce Energy Blog

4) Add the barbecue sauce, apple cider, apple jelly, honey, and vinegar to a microwave-safe bowl. Cook for 1 minute in the microwave. Whisk afterward and set aside.

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5) Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the sausage to the hot pan. Cook each side of the sausage slices for 2 minutes until they begin to brown.

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6) Moving the sausage to one side of the pan, tilt the pan to let the rendered fat from the sausage and browned butter flow to the other side of the pan.

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7) Add the sliced apples to the open side with the sauce. Let them fry for 2 minutes until they begin to soften.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage for Your Holiday Party | Bounce Energy Blog

8) Mix the apples in with the sausage. Pour the spice mixture over everything and toss to coat.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage for Your Holiday Party | Bounce Energy Blog

9) Pour in the barbecue sauce mixture and toss to coat.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spiced Apple Barbecue Sausage for Your Holiday Party | Bounce Energy Blog

10) Let the sauce reduce for 2-3 minutes until it is bubbling, thick, and the apples are soft (but not overcooked).

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11) Serve in your preferred method and presentation.

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Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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