Sausages with Apples and Onions

Sausages and Onions and Apples
Christopher Hirsheimer


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 small yellow onions, halved lengthwise
  • 8 fresh sausages, pricked
  • 4 small apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh sage, optional

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:

624 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 185g 284%
  • Carbs 144g 48%
  • Saturated 57g 286%
  • Fiber 24g 94%
  • Sugars 83g
  • Protein 73g 145%
  • Cholesterol 316mg 105%
  • Sodium 4,983mg 208%
  • Calcium 230mg 23%
  • Magnesium 156mg 39%
  • Potassium 2,382mg 68%
  • Iron 6mg 35%
  • Zinc 8mg 53%
  • Phosphorus 874mg 125%
  • Vitamin A 751IU 15%
  • Vitamin C 64mg 107%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 86%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 45%
  • Niacin (B3) 17mg 86%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 86%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 124µg 31%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 53%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 36µg 45%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 86g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 25g
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