this past weekend i went on my every-10-years apple picking adventure with a friend and her kiddo. as one would expect, a solid 20% of the flexible space in my fridge (as compared to the space that houses condiments and other semi-permanent fixtures) is now stuffed with apples. which will be perfect for putting pierogies with sautéed apples and sausage on repeat this fall.
pierogies are super adaptable little potato stuffed wonders and here they get the full *early* fall treatment (early = not pumpkin). while the pierogies boil, the apples get sautéed with an onion until they both soften a little bit and then we add in pinches of all the cozy fall (non-pumpkin pie spice) herbs: thyme, rosemary, and sage. precooked chicken sausage (apple and garlic flavors are both lovely here) gets tossed in the skillet and then we’re basically done. OH! except for a sprinkling of coarsely grated cheddar; we can’t forget the cheese.
in terms of the apples themselves, you can use any apple that won’t completely turn into applesauce when you heat it. i tend to be quite, uh, particular about the apples that i prefer to eat as a snack (do i have a written list of the apple varieties i’ve tried and my impressions of them? i admit nothing. incidentally, i recommend keeping the list in the cloud so you can reference it at the farmers’ market/grocery store. you know, if you *were* to keep a list…).
as a result of my strong apple preferences, the apples that we have on hand are always crisp and are tart or tart with sweet notes but you should use what you like/have on hand for snacking/just picked a peck of (pro tip: check the websites of orchards near you to see what varieties of apples they have and which ones are available when so that you can be sure that you don’t end up with a refrigerator full of not-your-favorite apples).
and while these pierogies with sautéed apples and sausage only use 2 apples, if i make this every week from now until thanksgiving, i just might make a dent on my apple haul…
ps – if this recipe kicks off a pierogi craving requiring a multitude of pierogi recipes in order to satiate it, 1) i understand and 2) i also have a recipe for pierogies with onions, peppers, and sausage (what can i say, i like this formula…).
sorry to do this to you but the nutrition label generator that i use doesn’t know what pierogies are (!). so, here is a label for the apples and sausage. your exact nutrition facts will depend on what pierogies and sausage you select anyway, so at least this gives you an idea.