BAKED BRAMLEY APPLES WITH CHORIZO AND GOAT’S CHEESE

Cooking for one is hard.

Gary’s away for most of the week, and it’s just so tempting to simply throw on some pasta to boil or shove some bread in the toaster when I get home late from work…

So lately I’ve been on a mission to find suppers that are easy to make, quick to prepare and suitable for just one person. And BY JOVE I THINK I’VE GOT IT!

I give you: baked apples stuffed with chorizo and goat’s cheese.

Yes, the name needs a little work. But who knew that savoury baked apples would be so delicious??

They’re sooo easy to throw together and, if I do say so myself, YUM.

Tangy Bramley apples, stuffed with a savoury filling of salty chorizo, crunchy pine nuts and creamy goat’s cheese, baked until they’re soft and steaming and delicious.

I serve mine with a crispy green salad, and I just want to eat it again and again and again!

Gary actually thought I was making loaded potato skins when I made them for him this weekend… until he started eating. And even when he realised they were baked apples, he actually really liked them!

So yeah. Baked apples. Boyfriend approved.

Let’s get started shall we?

baked apples chorizo

So, a couple of things.

First, Bramley apples work best for this recipe. I’ve tried making baked apples before with other types of apple, and it just doesn’t work as well. The higher fruit acid content of Bramley apples gives a tangier tasting apple that retains its flavour when cooked. They also have a melt in the mouth texture which makes them perfect for baking.

My other tip is to sit your apple on a flat surface and carefully slice the top off while the fruit is sat there. When I first attempted it, I misjudged everything and ended up with an apple that tilted sidewise and tipped all the filling out of it… That was fun.

So depending on the size of your apple, you can either hack off the top or, if you’ve got a spectacularly large apple, just slice it in half. I went for the slicing-the-top-off option here.

Also, the coring part of this recipe is what I found trickiest. My best suggestion is to use a small, sharp, serrated knife to carve out the circle in the apple, and then use a spoon to help scoop out the extra flesh and pips.

You should be left with a neat little apple “bowl”, all ready to be filled with chorizo-cheesy goodness!

chopped chorizo

baked apples chorizo

baked apples chorizo

BAKED APPLES STUFFED WITH CHORIZO AND GOAT’S CHEESE

INGREDIENTS (for two people)

  • Bramley apples
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/3 of a chorizo ring (I used Sainsbury’s own because BUDGET)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp of dried sage
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • 1 small handful of pine nuts (not toasted or anything – just raw)
  • 2 tbsp of creamy goat’s cheese (no rind please!)

METHOD

1. Turn your oven on to 200 degrees (180 for fan ovens!) and line a tray or tin with silver foil.

2. Prep your apples: chop off the top (or simply slice in half, depending on how big they are!), then carve out the centres and get rid of the pips, core and extra flesh. Be careful not to pierce the skins. You should be left with a bowl-shaped apple that sits straight on a flat surface. Drizzle the insides of the apple with the lemon juice. This will stop them from turning brown. Pop them on your prepped tray, and put to one side while you make the filling.

3. Score a line down your chorizo sausage and remove the skin. Then chop the meat into very small chunks. Peel and finely chop your shallots.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Once it’s sizzling, add the chorizo, shallots and sage. Stir until the shallots are translucent and soft, and the chorizo is just getting crispy round the edges. Add the pine nuts and stir everything for a few more minutes, until the pine nuts are lightly toasted.

5. Pour your chorizo and shallot mixture into a bowl. Add your goat’s cheese and mix in thoroughly. Dollop your filling into the apples, until it’s just poking out of the top.

6. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on how big your apples are. The fruit should feel soft and the topping should be bubbling slightly. Serve your baked apples hot from the oven, with a side of green salad!

baked apples chorizo

baked apples chorizo

baked apples chorizo

SO SIMPLE. SO YUM.

I already can’t wait until dinner time tomorrow to make it again!

What do you think about savoury baked apples? Yay or nay?

Let me know in the comments below, and make sure you follow Bramley on Facebook and Instagram to find out what the other bloggers have been making!

PS. Looking for more apple recipes? Here’s my Mulled Wine Apple Cake + my Pork and Apple Crumble!

*Post written in collaboration with The Bramley Campaign.
Recipe, photos + words are all my own!

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  • WHO KNEW apples could look that appetizing. I’ve gone veggie for Lent so now exploding back into the meat-eating scene in a big way. These are high up the list xxx
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    • Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to work as well as it did haha! Good on you for going veggie for Lent!! What was your first meat meal back? ;) xx

      • Haha thanks! Well I was visiting friends in Sweden so had Swedish meatballs on Easter Sunday of course ;) xxx

  • What an intriguing combination!

    • I wasn’t sure if it was going to work but it’s actually SO GOOD! :) xx

  • You had me at chorizo! I made a pastry tart last week with a topping of cheese, apple and bacon so I’m already turning into a savoury apple fan, this sounds like another winner!
    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

    • Ohmygosh Laura that sounds amazing 😍 definitely giving that a shot next weekend!!! xx

  • jodie.keith

    This looks SO good! I’ve saved it on bloglovin as I think I’ll have to give this one a go. Thanks for sharing!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    • Thanks for saving Jodie! Let me know if you do give it a shot, I’d love to see what your results look like! :D xx

  • This is a GENIUS idea and sounds and looks delisssh.

    Sophie x

  • This sounds and looks absolutely delicious! If I can’t persuade Nick to try it (he seems to dislike savoury apples) I’ll use my next night in alone as an opportunity to try this! xx

    Ioanna | hearting.co.uk

  • Those sound SO yummy! The apple would be such a nice contrast to the choirizo. Plus the colours contrast so nicely :)

    Erin
    http://sexycardi.blogspot.ca

  • ninegrandstudent

    I’m not 100% sold on the thought of savoury stuffed apple – but the filling does sound delicious! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • reneejessome

    Oh yum! I know what you mean about it being hard to cook for one person! My boyfriend works nights so im alone every night for supper. I think i’ve had one too many tomato sandwiches haha

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • NOM. I would have never put that combo together till now – this looks incredible! This is happening next week. Immy x

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  • ARGHHHHH STOP MAKING SO MANY DELICIOUS THINGS. This basically combines three of my favourite ingredients, and I do love pine nuts too, so I think it’s obvious that I have to make these! Especially after the success of the pork & apple crumble last time too x

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

  • I love apples, chorizo and goat’s cheese but never thought to have them together! Will have to give this ago <3

    Gisforgingers xx

  • Well this is intriguing, I’d never have put this combo together but it actually sounds, and looks, amazing! I’m definitely trying this soon, especially as it’s sort of healthy. If you ignore the chorizo anyway! x