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Maple Glazed Sausage & Apple Kabobs

Weeknight dinners at our house must fit three criteria:

Maple Glazed Sausage and Apple Kabobs ~ slices of chicken apple sausage are alternated with apple chunks, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted on skewers  |  {Five Heart Home}1. quick;

2. easy; and

3. likely to be eaten and enjoyed by picky young children and slightly-less-picky parents.

That’s not too much to ask, is it?

I rely on my crock pot a lot for weeknight meals during the school year. I also double the recipe every time I make a casserole so that I have extras to pull out of the freezer for dinners on particularly busy evenings. But aside from crock pot and freezer meals, I require recipes that can be prepped, cooked, and ready to eat in 30 minutes or less.

Enter one of our family favorites.

Maple Glazed Sausage and Apple Kabobs ~ slices of chicken apple sausage are alternated with apple chunks, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted on skewers  |  {Five Heart Home}I mean, how can you beat three ingredients? Any sausage would be tasty, but my preferred variety to use for these kabobs is chicken and apple sausage. It’s not too spicy, the kids love it, and it’s nicely complemented by both the apples and the maple syrup. As a bonus, there are quite a few natural brands out there (without the added sulfites) that I don’t feel guilty feeding my children.

For the apples, I usually buy two large apples of different types. One invariably turns out softer than the other, and one is usually sweet while the other is more tart, but I think it’s nice to have a little variety. Any apple should work fine, though Braeburns, Fujis, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smiths will hold their shape better in the oven. But it’s A-OK to use your favorites or whatever you have in the fridge.

Maple Glazed Sausage and Apple Kabobs ~ slices of chicken apple sausage are alternated with apple chunks, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted on skewers | {Five Heart Home}As for the skewers, I have some metal ones that I like to use, but wooden skewers also work great as long as you remember to soak them in water first so that they don’t burn or catch on fire. Nooo, catching the oven on fire would result in a dinner-making experience that is neither quick nor easy, thereby negating my aforementioned criteria.

I’ve given you measurements for the maple syrup in this recipe, but I honestly never measure it out. I just pour a thin drizzle of syrup down the top of each skewer and use a silicone basting brush to distribute it over the sausage and apples. Halfway through the cooking time when I flip the kabobs, I mop up the syrup that’s puddled on the foil with my brush to glaze everything again and add a bit of additional syrup if necessary.

Maple Glazed Sausage and Apple Kabobs ~ slices of chicken apple sausage are alternated with apple chunks, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted on skewers | {Five Heart Home}There you have it! A yummy, easy dinner that will satisfy the natives while requiring minimal time and effort from the cook. My boys always cheer when they hear that these kabobs are on the dinner menu. I hope they prove to be just as popular at your house!

Maple Glazed Sausage & Apple Kabobs

Yield: 4 servings

Maple Glazed Sausage & Apple Kabobs

Slices of chicken & apple sausage are alternated on skewers with chunks of apples, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted until the sausage starts to crisp and the apples are soft and sweet.

Ingredients

  • 4 links fully-cooked chicken & apple sausage
  • 2 large apples
  • 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 4 long metal skewers (or 8 short wooden skewers)

Instructions

  1. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 15 minutes. Line a sheet pan (preferably that has edges) with foil. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut each link of sausage at an angle into 6 equal slices, resulting in 24 total pieces of sausage.
  3. Core and cut each apple into fourths. Cut each fourth into 3 equal pieces. After cutting both apples, you will have 24 chunks.
  4. Alternately thread sausage and apples onto each skewer. On a long metal skewer, you can probably fit 6 pieces of sausage and 6 chunks of apple; for a short wooden skewer, half that much should fit.
  5. Using a brush, glaze skewers with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Roast for 10 minutes. Flip skewers over and brush with remaining syrup. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes more or until edges of sausage are starting to crisp.

Notes

Using a baking sheet with edges will ensure that the maple syrup doesn't run off when you pick up the pan.

If you want an apple that will hold its shape in the oven, Fuji, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Gala, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty, and Honeycrisp are all varieties that work well.

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Adapted from Real Simple Family, Fall 2010 (magazine).

 

This post is linked to Pin It Monday Hop #23 at Pursuit of Functional Home, Give Me the Goods Link Party #23 at Rain on a Tin Roof, Tuesday Talent Show #98 at Chef-in-Training, Wake Up Wednesdays at Kitchen Meets Girl, Two Girls & a Party #31 at Life with the Crust Cut Off, Weekend Potluck #82 at 4 Little Fergusons, Best of the Weekend at A Little Claireification, Monday Funday Link Party {33} at Uncommon Designs, Inspiration Monday Party at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, and Two Cup Tuesday No. 35 at Pint Sized Baker.

 

 

 

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  1. Sounds delicious! My family would love these!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Kathy! I hope you all enjoy this recipe if you end up trying it. It’s a frequent repeat dinner at our house… 🙂

  2. Love the transition into fall flavors with apples and maple syrup… but still a summer kebab.. brilliant.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Diane! I hope you enjoy this recipe if you end up trying it. I appreciate you stopping by… 🙂

  3. first…YUM
    second…AWESOME pictures!!

    Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays

    ~Heather

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You’re very sweet, Heather…thank you! I’m excited about y’all’s new link party and I’m so glad you stopped by!

  4. Hi Samantha! Stopping by from Best of the Weekend party! These look so good, I love anything simple with not a ton of ingredients! Makes my mouth water scrolling through all your pictures! Have a great weekend!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Kat! I’m off to check out your site now… 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend as well!

  5. Those look AWESOME! Pinning to my food board. Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the comment and the pin, Katie! I hope you enjoy it if you end up trying it… 🙂

  6. I really think these would make a fun breakfast, especially if you’re going camping.

    I’d love for you to stop by my weekly link party, Manic Monday. Hope to see you there!

    Renea

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      What a great idea, Renea! I never thought of these as breakfast material, but I love dipping my bacon/sausage into syrup, so it makes perfect sense. And I appreciate the invite to your link party! Thanks so much for stopping by… 🙂

  7. Oh I love easy and quick recipes. We are featuring your recipe at Pin It Monday Hop later today. Check out what my co-host said about your recipe. Hope you could check it when you have the time. Have a nice day Samantha 🙂

    Judy

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know, Judy…I’m honored to be featured! I always enjoy linking up to y’all’s party and checking out the other links. Thanks again…hope you have a great week! 🙂

  8. Hi Samantha,
    My fiance and I had this for dinner last night and we absolutely fell in love with it! I’m currently writing a post about ways to cook with apples and was hoping to include one of your pictures and a link to your post. Would that be okay?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Sarah! I’m so glad that you and your fiance enjoyed this recipe! You are more than welcome to include a link and photo from it in your blog post…sharing tips for cooking with apples sounds like a great idea this time of year. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

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