Tuesday, March 11, 2008

A family favorite side-dish

Our family loves this Smushed Apples and Sweet Potatoes recipe. We served it at Thanksgiving (using a triple batch) and have served it with other meals as a veggie/fruit side dish.

The recipe is below:

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 TBSP butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice (although I use nutmeg instead and it tastes great!)
1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/8 cup of milk (which I omit because I prefer this less liquidy)

1. Place the sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.

2. Melt butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Mix in the sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Add the apple slices, cover, and let simmer for 5 minutes, or until apples are tender.

3. Mix the apple mixture into the drained sweet potatoes along with the milk. Mix well using an electric mixer or just a fork until potatoes are mashed. I have a little gadget that I use to really blend the mixture, so it's the consistency of whipped mashed potatoes. It works really well - much better than an electric hand mixer.

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