Apple and Sausage Pie

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With apple season in full swing, and cooler weather on the way, here’s a casserole pie that combines sweet Italian sausage with Granny Smith apples, and a mix of cheeses. Our neighbor Pat (the wonderful neighbor who has been teaching me all about organic gardening) brought over this delicious casserole for a block party recently. What a hit!

Apple and Sausage Pie Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 8.

Ingredients

  • 1 basic pie dough recipe, rolled out and lining a 9 or 10-inch pie dish, or 8x8 baking dish, chilled (or one frozen pie crust)
  • 2 large tart Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about half a cup)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 lb sweet Italian sausage (bulk, or removed from casings)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups shredded fontina, provalone, and or asiago cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

Method

1 Preheat oven to 425°F. Line the inside of a pie shell with heavy aluminum foil, pressing the dough against the side. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove foil, poke the bottom of the pie crust with the tines of a fork to create air vents. Return crust to oven, bake for an additional 4 minutes, or until the crust just begins to brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

2 Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the apples, onions, and sugar, cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. In the last 30 seconds or so, add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Transfer mixture to a separate bowl. Increase the heat to medium high and in the same skillet add the Italian sausage. Cook, stirring only infrequently, until sausage is browned on all sides and is cooked through. Remove from heat. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon to a dish lined with paper towels to absorb the excess fat.

3 In medium sized bowl, mix together the cheeses and beaten eggs.

4 Place sausage on bottom of pre-baked pie crust. Add the cooked apple onion mixture over the sausage. Pour the cheese egg mixture over the apple mixture and spread it so it evenly covers the pie.

5 Bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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  • Sherri Orsucci

    This was delicious. You really need to use tart apples. I didn’t quite understand removing the foil. Do you return the crust to the pie pan?

  • Mary

    My family of picky eaters loved this dish. Like a few other posters I eliminated the feta. The texture of the creamy baked ricotta over the rougher crumbled sausage mixed with soft apples was a good eating experience. The layers set really nicely and were easy to slice and serve. Next time I might try the recipe using Gimme Lean, the soy version of Jimmy Dean, so we can share the meal with vegetarian friends (who eat dairy.)

  • Shirley

    I fixed this to use up some ricotta and feta cheese. It looked beautiful coming out of the oven and it was easy to prepare to put in the oven. We had it for dinner and it was good, however, I will not fix it again the way I did as we did not care for the ricotta-feta-fontina mixture. The mixture of cheeses did not work for us. But, I love the idea or a sausage pie :)

  • Barbara

    The recipe calls for feta cheese and my husband and I both hate it. can I use another cheese?
    Thanks, Barbara

    You can skip the feta if you want. ~Elise

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