Sausage Stuffed Apples
Carefully cut out the core of the apples and create a nice little cavity for the stuffing. Leave at least 1/2″ of flesh all around.
Grate the onion, carrot, and celery in a food processor, or at least dice them all really fine. Set aside.
Heat the oil over medium-high heat and brown the sausage. Remove to a mixing bowl, reserving the grease in the pan. Add the veggies to the drippings and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add veggies to ground sausage along with the pecans, dates, pepper, egg, and cinnamon.
Fill the apples with the sausage stuffing and arrange in a baking dish. Sprinkle the tops with a little more cinnamon if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, until heated through.