Pork Stuffed Apple Rings

This strange idea has actually been in my head since the summer when I made this pineapple roll. Basically I thought to myself, hmm what else can I do this to? This is sort of the beginning of the idea, but you could take it many different places. Bake these lying on their side with some sort of sauce and you have apple canneloni or manicotti. Serve them whole with rice, or cut them up into bite sized appetizers with some dipping sauce. Any way you do it, it's a unique concept with creative flavors and textures sure to wow your guests.
The pork filling. I was going for kinda like a meatball, kinda like a wonton. I have these metal tubes that came with my sausage stuffer that I use for these sort of jobs. I COULD have also stuffed the whole big apple, but that isn't what I was going for on this day. If you make these, save the apple pieces for snacking or pie! Things are shaping up nicely. Apple tube. Stuff with the filling and bake for awhile at 350. Mine were in for about half hour but when I sliced into one it wasn't quite cooked so I let them stay in 15 minutes longer. As I mentioned, you could serve these whole over rice. But I thought they were classy as mini appetizers. BBQ sauce was good with these, but I bet some sort of spicy-sweet jam would be perfect. How did you get that sausage inside of an apple?!?
The pork filling was ground pork, egg, parm, breadcrumbs, scallions, garlic, and a pinch of cinnamon and allspice. Follow the photos for tips on how to cut the apples.