An Easy Skewers Recipe With Apples & Onions


It’s official – California apple season is here! While many think of apples as a fall fruit, California’s unique climate blesses us with fresh apples from July through January. Now is the perfect time to enjoy a recipe for skewers that highlights these juicy, Golden State gems. Planning a summer cookout or just looking for a tasty and easy dinner? This recipe for skewers with Chicken sausage, apple, and onions is sure to impress.

Did you know that California’s diverse climate allows for the growth of a wide range of produce, including apples? Regions like the Pacific Northwest are renowned for their apple orchards, but California stands strong comparatively as the 5th largest producer of apples in the United States. With an ideal climate, the upper Northern regions of California are perfect for growing varieties like Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Cripps Pink. This variety of apples means you will have a perfect pick for a savory skewer or a sweet dessert – or whatever you are making.

California’s contribution to apple production is significant, not just domestically but also on a global scale. The state is the 2nd largest exporter of apples in the United States, showcasing the quality and appeal of our produce worldwide. The apple harvest season in California spans from July to October, offering a long window for enjoying this delicious fruit. Seriously, it’s time to forget the stereotype of apples being just for autumn because the Golden State blesses us with these crunchy delights for half the year!

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For our skewer recipe, we recommend using Granny Smith and Fuji apples. These varieties are in season now and are perfect for grilling. Granny Smith apples bring a tart and tangy flavor that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness of Fuji apples.

The type of skewer you use can make a significant difference when grilling. Wooden, bamboo, and metal skewers each have advantages. Swipe up to learn about them!

Here’s what you need to make these delicious skewers: – Red apples – Green apples – Red onion – Chicken sausage (We used apple sage flavored) – Olive oil – Hot honey for serving. – Optional additional veggies: other types of onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, and par-boiled fingerling potatoes.

The savory richness of the chicken sausage pairs beautifully with the sweet and tart notes of California apples, creating a harmonious balance that really does a number on the ‘ol taste buds.

We personally love to pair this recipe for grilled skewers with Sauvignon Blanc from California. Its cold, crisp, refreshing flavor is the perfect accompaniment to the smoky skewers.

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Alternate pieces of red apple, green apple, red onion, and chicken sausage. The colorful combination is visually appealing and packs a real punch in terms of flavor.

Grill grates can be tricky, so here’s a pro tip: brush the skewers with a bit of olive oil to prevent sticking. Place the skewers on the grill and let them cook for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking. The apples should be tender with a slight caramelization, and the chicken sausage should be fully cooked through.



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