Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sweet Potatoes & Apples

Just got a 100% YES VOTE from all of my kids (and me too) that this will be the new sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! I have been carrying around this recipe for awhile, meaning to make it over and over again and tonight was the night, I finally just did it. It was awesome and not smothered in melted marshmallows like most sweet potato recipes and they were fresh and NOT from a can. I can NOT stand canned yams/sweet potatoes they taste so awful. But since I've been introduced to FRESH sweet potatoes I actually like them. You don't even want to know the first time I went to buy a FRESH sweet potato I had to call my aunt on the phone (I didn't even know what they looked like, talk about a girl raised on can food, that would be me).

Sweet Potatoes & Apples

5 medium sweet potatoes
5 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini marshmallows (we added just a bit, not covered though)

Place sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. (If you do not have a Dutch Oven yet, like me (it's on my Christmas list this year! Just boil the potatoes in a sauce pan full of water on the stove top) Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20 minutes or just until tender. Drain sweet potatoes and cool slightly. Peel and cut into 1/4-in. slices. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer half of the apples and sweet potatoes. Repeat layers.

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water and lemon juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in the butter, cinnamon and salt. Pour over sweet potatoes and apples. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until apples are tender. 


  1. You are so funny! I must admit, I'm partial to the savory sweet potatoes. We love them roasted with a little salt, cayenne, and rosemary....YUM.

  2. Sounds yummy! If you don't have a dutch oven, do you just boil them in a sauce pan?

  3. @ the country cook
    HEHEHE... I am starting to like sweet potatoes too (although not my favorite yet) I am working on it!

    @ Anonymous
    Yes just boil them in a sauce pan (that's what I did too) I do not own a dutch oven (not yet, it's on my Christmas list)

  4. My family is the same way. Once we started making our sweet potatoes from scratch instead of the canned we've never looked back. Nothing beats fresh and homemade.

  5. I really love this recipe! I never would have thought to use apples but it makes perfect sense, I'll definitely have to give this a try! Thanks for linking up at Family Food Fridays, hope to see ya next week. :)

  6. this sounds delicious and may be the perfect way to get my kids to eat sweet potatoes

  7. Tina, thanks for the link at My Meatless Mondays. This is one of my favorite combinations and I could eat both sweet potatoes and apples, day in and day out.

  8. This looks really delicious. We eat a similar dish but without the apple, but I think they make a great addition. Will have to try this.


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