Maple Syrup Braised Sausages

What a wonderful way to enjoy more Maple Syrup along with Creekside Meadows Sausages!

Makes a quick family dinner every body will enjoy or a favorite here for spring lunches when we are really busy, I can get this together quickly and still do a few more things while it's in the oven.  Pair with some roasted carrots or sauteed green beans, roasted fingerling potatoes, he last of the winter squash, fresh baked bread....... 

Budget friendly, great family meal.  Serves about 6 people and easy to double or triple for a crowd.  I often make this half with sweet sausage and half with hot sausage for hungry farmers who want some more spice.  Any leftovers reheat easily.

2 pounds Creekside Meadows Sweet Italian Sausage link, cut into 8-10 pieces

OR  Breakfast sausage, bulk type formed into 8 patties.

Also works great for hot italian sausage.    

6 tart type apples.  Granny smith or Spy for example.  Peeled, cored and cut into large chunks or quartered.

1/4 cup maple Syrup  (if you can't use this or heaven forbid out of it, the recipe still is delicious)

Brown the sausages  a few minutes each side in a hot skillet with a couple tablespoons of butter or lard.    If you have an dutch oven that works even better.   

Remove sausages to a casserole dish drizzle with maple syrup and roast covered for 30-40 minutes at 35F.  If you have an ovenproof skillet use that. 

Apples should be tender, serve sausages topped with the apples and pan juices.  

Recipe adapted from Long Way on a Little and Grassfed Gourmet by Shannon Hayes.