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Apple Cranberry Sage Bites

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bites 1x


This apple and cranberry appetizer features fruit sauteed with red onion, fresh sage, and a little brandy. Serve on crackers or crostini with Parmesan.


  • 1 large red onion (1 cup minced)
  • 4 medium apples (5 cups chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped sage (or 4 teaspoons dried)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons brandy (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • Parmesan cheese (or your favorite cheese: blue cheese, aged cheddar, Brie, or cream cheese)
  • Crackers, bread, or pita wedges for serving


  1. Mince the red onion. Core the apples and chop them into bite-sized chunks. Chop the sage.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add red onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Add apple, sage, and the dried cranberries. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the brandy. Allow to cool slightly, and add a bit of kosher salt to taste.
  4. Serve over crackers or crostini, garnished with shaved Parmesan cheese.
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American