Yummy Plant-Based Swaps: Vegetarian Savory Stuffed Apples


Looking for some delicious vegetarian recipes to add to your recipe box? Our friend Chelsea from A Duck’s Oven has one you will absolutely love! Our juicy Cosmic Crisp® apples bake oh so well making them the perfect vehicle for this hearty meal. These savory stuffed baked apples are just the ticket for the vegetarians—and non-vegetarians—in your life!

stuffed apples in a baking dish on a cutting board

Assemble the Apples for Baking

Combine wild rice, quinoa, mushrooms, fresh herbs, and goat cheese for a delicious filling that’s reminiscent of Thanksgiving stuffing but with a creamy twist. Pile it into halved apples with the centers scooped out and bake until the apples are just soft and the topping is crispy. You’ve got yourself a delicious and filling main dish, side, or appetizer!

Looking to make this vegan? Simply omit the goat cheese and you can meet any dietary need! These apples are even gluten-free, a real versatile star.

Prep Your Apples Ahead of Time

Good news: these savory stuffed baked apples can absolutely be made ahead. Stuff the apples and wrap with foil in the baking dish and refrigerate until about an hour before you’d like to serve. Then just follow the baking instructions and enjoy. If you do this and want to avoid the apples from browning, just rub a little lemon juice onto the flesh of the apples before stuffing.

Check out our instructional video below then try baking these savory stuffed apples for your next meal. Don’t forget to rate this recipe and leave a comment if you have any thoughts!


  • 4 medium Stemilt apples
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage

Our juicy Cosmic Crisp® Apples bake oh so well making them the perfect vehicle for this hearty meal with rice, quinoa, mushrooms, and fresh herbs!

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    6 servings
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  1. Bring broth and water to a boil in saucepan. Add wild rice, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 50 minutes. Stir in quinoa, and cook 20 minutes more, or until most of water is absorbed.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onion and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in sage and wild rice/quinoa mixture and increase heat to medium-high and cook until liquid has evaporated, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in goat cheese.
  5. Halve apples through stem and scoop out core and seeds, leaving 1/2-inch wall. Fill apple halves with 1/3 cup rice/quinoa mixture.
  6. Fill a glass baking dish with 1 cup water, add the apples, and cover tightly with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 15 minutes or until apples are soft and tops are beginning to crisp.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 256
  • Fat Content: 9.2g
  • Cholesterol Content: 10mg
  • Sodium Content: 222mg
  • Carbohydrate Content: 39.4g
  • Fiber Content: 5.7g
  • Sugar Content: 17.2g
  • Protein Content: 7.5g