Sausage and Apple Bites.

Here's a quick and easy recipe if you're doing some entertaining this weekend. What can be better than the perfect bite of salty sausage and sweet apple? If you answered nothing, then you are in fact correct. This appetizer is really easy to make and inexpensive!

It's also one of those "work with what you have" recipes. You can use whatever kind of sausage or apples that you like, and make it as sweet or as spicy as you can handle. I'll give you the amounts I used, and it'll be up to you to make it your own!

Sausage and Apple Bites

{serves 8-10 as light appetizers }

- 4 links of sausage, cooked

- 2 apples

- 2 tsp. coconut oil

- 1/2 cup maple syrup

- 2 pinches of cayenne pepper

Slice the sausages into 1/2" rounds. Slice apples into bite-sized chunks.

In a medium sized skillet, add oil and turn heat to medium-high. Once oil is hot, add half the sausage rounds in one layer. Cook on one side for 1 minute or until browned. Flip over and brown the other side for 3o seconds to 1 minute. Remove sausage from pan, set aside, and repeat with remaining sausage.

Remove all the sausage from the pan and set aside. Add the diced apples to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 1 minute or until apples have barely started to soften. Season apples with a pinch of salt.

Add sausage back to the pan with the apples. Add the maple syrup and cayenne pepper to the pan and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the glaze has begun to thicken.

To serve, skewer one apple and one sausage on each toothpick. Enjoy!


{ Helpful Notes }

- I used chicken sausage.

- Once you're completely done browning the sausage, check to see how much oil is left in the pan before you add the apples. If there is more than 1 tsp. of oil in the pan, remove all the excess oil to leave just 1 tsp. You want the apples to soak up some of the oil, but not too much!

- This appetizer is best when hot, but I've also eaten it room temperature and it's still delicious.