Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Apple & Chicken-Sausage Popovers {for Stemilt Growers}

A few months ago we added a son-in-law to our mix.  That’s really the best (and most accurate) intro I have for the inspiration for these popovers.

You see, most mornings when it’s just my husband and I  (which is most mornings), breakfast is either green or beige in hue, and porridge-like in consistency. (I know that doesn’t sound very appealing.)

The green version of our morning starter is actually a kale-based shake and is quite yummy and really quite varying in hue, depending on what gets tossed in.

The beige version of our morning starter is typically oatmeal… sometimes quinoa. And though not as interesting from a color perspective, a topping of fresh berries and nuts gives it a little artistic interest and welcomed flavor.

And then a few months ago, as I mentioned, a son-in-law was added to our mix.

While our son-in-law certainly welcomes our kale shakes and oatmeal… and often begins his own weekdays in much the same fashion… he’s a meat-loving kind of guy (that happily plays along and appreciates most anything I plate in front of him). With him, as with our girls, I always attempt to cook to their tastes. Thankfully our son-in-law is a fan of the same sweet-savory note we admire in a lot of breakfast offerings we enjoy when time better allows us to venture into egg territory… and the like.

Whether it’s simply a slathering of sweet jam on a slice of toast cozied up to a fried egg, or a stack of pancakes drizzled with a bit of pure maple syrup that gently pools upon a few strips of perfectly crisp turkey bacon… the melding of that enchantingly balanced sweet and savory yin and yang is relished as “the perfect bite” by each and every one of us.

Thinking back eons ago when my husband’s guilty pleasure was an occasional Monte Cristo sandwich and now, to today, seeing the newest member of our family enjoy a brunch of crispy fried chicken served overtop a syrupy golden waffle, I thought of how great a popover would taste with a bit of that same satisfyingly splendid sweet-savory element.

In thinking of using Stemilt’s delicious apples… it all came together.

Bits of fresh and subtly sweet Stemilt apple, sautéed with onion and a crumble of chicken sausage, nestles brilliantly amid the delicate folds of this puffy, golden popover for a perfect little breakfast package of delightful sweet and savory yin and yang… a perfect marriage of flavors!

For recipe details, click over to Stemilt's blog, The Stem.

Disclaimer: While I am being compensated by Stemilt Growers as a guest contributor to The Stem, the views and/or opinions expressed are my own.

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