4 mild Italian sausage
1 large apple, or two small ones (I used Macintosh apples) cored, and cubed. (make sure the cubes are small enough to place on top of the sausage slices).
salt and pepper
In an oven dish, bake the sausages until golden brown on all sides, let cool, and cut into slices, across the sausage, on a diagonal. In a hot pan, place a small amount of olive oil just to coat pan and place the sausage slices flat in the pan. Brown both sides, and then, set then on a platter and let cool. Place a small amount of apple cider in the same pan and de-glaze the pan, making sure to pick up all of the yummy brown bits. Place the apple cubes in the pan, along with the sage (to taste), salt and pepper and brown sugar. Let the apples soften and then, take out of pan. Put the apple pieces on top of the sausage pieces and secure with a toothpick, so each one is a nice little bite! The juice left over in the pan can then be drizzled over top of the sausage and apple bites. These can be made ahead of time and then placed in the oven in an over proof dish, covered with tin foil to heat up. They were a hit - hope you try them, and let me know what you think.