Sausages with Apples and Onions

Sausages and Onions and Apples
Christopher Hirsheimer

We make quick skillet meals like this one of sausages with onions and apples (and sometimes pears) when we are short on time and have either our own fresh sausages on hand or good ones that we buy. Small butcher shops sell wonderful fresh sausages, of course, but when we buy sausages at the grocery store, we get fresh ones from the butcher department rather than the ones that come in the Cryovac packages in the meat case. If the market is good, it usually has a nice selection of fresh sausages.

Adapted from "Canal House Cooking Volume No.5" by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.


Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions cut side down, cover, and cook until just tender and browned on the bottom, about 15 minutes.

Tuck the sausages and apples around the onions in the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Use two skillets if everything is too crowded together. Cook over medium heat, turning the sausages and apples as they begin to brown, but leaving the onions in place. Take care to leave the onion halves whole. Continue cooking until everything is nicely browned, then reduce the heat to medium-low.

Cover the skillet and cook until the sausages are cooked through and the apples and onions are tender, 5–10 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with fresh sage, if you like.


Calories per serving:

557 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 163g 251%
  • Carbs 115g 38%
  • Saturated 45g 227%
  • Fiber 20g 79%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 79g
  • Monounsaturated 73g
  • Polyunsaturated 28g
  • Protein 89g 177%
  • Cholesterol 381mg 127%
  • Sodium 4,044mg 169%
  • Calcium 157mg 16%
  • Magnesium 139mg 35%
  • Potassium 2,757mg 79%
  • Iron 7mg 41%
  • Zinc 12mg 78%
  • Phosphorus 875mg 125%
  • Vitamin A 166µg 18%
  • Vitamin C 48mg 80%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 96%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 61%
  • Niacin (B3) 30mg 151%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 77%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 82µg 21%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 83%
  • Vitamin D 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 51%
  • Vitamin K 35µg 44%
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