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:

602 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 185g 284%
  • Carbs 124g 41%
  • Saturated 57g 286%
  • Fiber 20g 79%
  • Sugars 74g
  • Monounsaturated 86g
  • Polyunsaturated 25g
  • Protein 70g 140%
  • Cholesterol 316mg 105%
  • Sodium 4,975mg 207%
  • Calcium 179mg 18%
  • Magnesium 134mg 33%
  • Potassium 2,060mg 59%
  • Iron 6mg 32%
  • Zinc 8mg 51%
  • Phosphorus 810mg 116%
  • Vitamin A 89µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 48mg 80%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 85%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 48%
  • Niacin (B3) 17mg 84%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 74%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 82µg 21%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 53%
  • Vitamin D 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 35µg 44%
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