Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
The apple takes the place of individual serving dishes when stuffed with a nice ham mixture. Great for a small dinner party. Taken from the "From Storebought to Homemade" cookbook.
- 6 large red apples, unpeeled
- 8 ounces cooked ham, cubed small
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄3 cup raisins (brown or golden)
- 1⁄3 cup pecans, chopped
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup apple juice (may need up to 1 cup)
- Cut the tope off the apples and scoop out the core with some of the fruit, but be sure to leave a thick shell to hold the stuffing.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Put approximately 1 cup of the removed apple fruit in a mixing bowl and combine it with the ham, butter, raisins, pecans and brown sugar; mixing the ingredients well.
- Spoon this mixture into the cored apples and place them in a baking dish.
- Pour the juice over the apples and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally with the juice.
I have been eating these for a long time. I eat them now when I can find "alright" apples in the marked down bin. I bring them home and prepare them all at once. I'll usually eat one at that time for lunch or dinner, and throw one in the refridge to eat the next day. The rest, I wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then aluninum foil, and freeze individually for whenever I am in the mood for one....they freeze really well, but wrap VERY tightly, and only after cooking and cooliing. If I'm out of ham, I'll just cook up a few bacon slices, crumble and put over the apples. I do these in the micro, which only takes about 3-4 mins on high. Delicious and nutritious! Granny Smith's are also great done this way.
This was a very flavorful and delicious meal. I'm only giving it 4 stars because the prep was a little time consuming, what with scooping out the apples. I used Ambrosia apples, they have a very sweet, honey-like flavor and worked well the the other flavors in the dish. I also toasted the pecans slightly, and that I think allowed them to hold their own against all the other flavors. All in all, a very tasty meal...goes great with a spinach salad.
This was surprisingly very good! I found that the ham and the apples really complemented each other. The only reason it gets four stars is for me it felt kind of an odd choice for a meal--it was so much like dessert! I ended up with extra stuffing and found that mixing it with hot rice makes a tasty breakfast :)