If you’re a regular reader of this column, you’ve recently read where I’ve spoken about how certain foods are synonymous with fall, such as apples, sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Now that fall is officially here, we celebrate their abundance and enjoy their “fall association” even more. We’ll be seeing and hearing more about these fall fruits and vegetables as we progress through the fall season.
Have you considered combining two of these fall favorites into one dish? The recipe I’m passing along is for an “Apple-Sweet Potato Casserole” and it does that very thing: combines apples with sweet potatoes in a very fine side dish. It’s an interesting recipe!
All you would do for this is to simply combine all the ingredients: cooked sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter and miniature marshmallows. This goes into a shallow baking dish. After baking at 325 degrees for 1 hour, it’s all set to come from the oven.
In selecting the apples for this recipe, as you’ve have likely seen me mention before in recipes calling for apples and baking them, you’d want to choose an apple that is designed for baking. Not all apples perform well under heat. The best ones for baking include the Granny Smith, Rome Beauty and the Jonathan varieties. Any recipe calling for apples that are to be baked, especially pies. will produce a much better finished product if you use a baking apple. From personal experience, I’ve found that those apples that are fine for eating out of hand don’t do well when baked.
Another treat for sweet potatoes is “Sweet Potato Cobbler” and it’s really great! This is a recipe that’s often served in the “home-cooking” restaurants. To get the recipe, click on the embedded link above.
Combine the flavors of apples and sweet potatoes into a sensational fall side dish!
APPLE-SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
- 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
- 2 cups peeled and chopped apples
- 1-1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar (I only use 1/2 cup)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Turn into a well greased 2-1/2 qt. baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for about one hour or until apples are tender. Yield: 6-8 servings.