posted by kothie 04-07-100 1:21 AM
Baked Apples with Beef Raisin Stuffing
Yield: 4 servings
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. chopped parsley
2 tbsp. chopped chives
1 tbsp. butter
2/3 lbs. ground beef
6 large apples, cored - seeds removed
1 tsp. butter - for the baking dish
1/2 cup raisins
1 pinch of cinnamon
salt, pepper and paprika for seasoning
1 tbsp. flour
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup beef stock or bouillon
Lightly toast the pumpkin seeds in a pan over medium heat. Transfer to a container and set aside.
In a large pan, saute chopped onion and garlic in butter for 2-3 minutes. Add the parsley and chives and saute for another minute. Add the ground beef and stir fry for another 5 minutes.
Wash the apples well. Slice off the top using a sharp knife. Use a spoon to dig a well in the apple - about 1/2 inch deep. Transfer the apples into a buttered baking dish. Add the apple morsels that were scooped out into the pan with the ground beef. Add the raisins and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add the flour, then season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Add the pinch of cinnamon, then the wine. Let it cook for about 3 minutes more.
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Fill each apple with the stuffing and top with the crown. Scatter the remaining stuffing around the apples. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds, and pour in the stock. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.
Serve with steamed rice.
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