Every day we get to enjoy the apple trees thru our kitchen window. Some years more fruitful than others ~ no telling how long the trees have been there, they are vintage for sure ~ mostly producing small ol’ baking apples and crab apples alike. They attract many characters such as deer, bear and ground hogs….naming a few as if they were pets, we’ve gotten to know a few repeat customers.
I’ve been wanting to create a table setting using the apples for a while now….well I really wanted to pull the table up to the apple tree and play with a table setting and my camera, but my fear got the best of me, wondering what my neighbors would think, lol…..so I settled for picking a few apples and branches and setting the table indoors. Scaling back the excitement just a bit.
Wanting the setting to feel like a cozy autumn afternoon, settling in for an evening of comfort with friends and family ~ sharing a meal together of Apples & Sausage Stew, enjoying with ‘remember-when’ conversation and a few laughs too.
Using what I had….the table was set with a piece of denim cloth (…I mean really, what else would I use), then adding my Grandmothers milk-glass cake pedestal as a centerpiece. The apples from the backyard were gathered and placed onto the pedestal.
Each place setting was created using dollar store finds….the dishes, the glassware and the chambray napkins too. I also tucked in some ribbon found at ‘hobby lobby’ reading ‘I love you a bushel and a peck‘….fitting for the table settings.
Tucking an apple into the bowl for each guest…..all the makingsfor a pretty-inexpensive-use-what-you-have table scape!
We are not the type of folks that mix our fruits in with our meals or add bacon to our cupcakes…but a recipe found in Country Living Magazine peeked my interest for Apple & Sausage Stew. I think I changed every ingredient listed to suit our taste-buds….and I would say it is another keeper.
Enjoy ‘Our’ Recipe below….change to suit your taste-buds.
Classic Apples & Sausage Stew
olive oil (swish over bottom of dutch oven)
1 yellow onion chopped
3 large white potatoes chopped (the original recipe called for a fennel bulb cored and cut)
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 Gala apple (eat the rest) cored and diced (the original recipe called for a whole apple)
a pinch or two of dried oregano (original recipe called for fresh thyme leaves)
1 pound fresh country sausage, casings removed (original recipe called for 3/4 sweet italian sausage)
4 tsp all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup chicken broth/stock (original recipe called for 1/4 c white wine and the remaining chicken stock)
1 1/2 TB red wine vinegar
1 sheet puff pastry thawed
1 large egg (to wash puff pastry)
pinch of nutmeg and parsley (on original recipe) ~ I did not include.
Preheat Oven 375 F, lightly grease 4 6oz bowls (original recipe called for 6 3 1/2″ ramekins)
Heat olive oil in dutch oven, then add onion and potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until tender (about 8 minutes). Add apple and oregano. Continue cooking about another 4 minutes. Transfer to bowl for a moment.
Add Sausage to dutch oven and while cooking continue to break into small pieces. Cook until brown (about 7 minutes). Return vegetables to dutch oven.
Stir to combine, then add flour and cook for 2 additional minutes. Then add chicken broth and cook ~ stirring until thickened (about 3 mintues).
Stir in vinegar and additional oregano if desired.
Divide mixture among prepared bowls.
Unfold puff pasty and cut into four squares, then cover each bowl. Brush each top with egg. Cut hole thru center of each.
Bake until puffed and golden about 25 minutes.
Serve and Enjoy!
Feels and Tastes like Autumn has arrived.
Do you see the hand-loomed pot holder above….my favorite! Thanks Sue!
Good Food, Good Company, Good Conversation ~ makes for a perfect evening…..and a pretty table never hurts anyone (not even the pocket-book).
Feels like Autumn and all it’s Goodness!
coming soon ~ Autumn Vignette, Building Character, Day-planner Plans, A Good Book, and Paper Hat Black Cat FB Live!