Baked Sweet Potatoes & Apples


by Nov 13th, 2010 // Recipes, Sides

Baked Sweet Potatoes & Apples

Do you remember our End of Summer Gratin? My kid loved assembling it and I felt really proud carrying it over our friend’s house for dinner. We were aiming to make a similar looking dish when we created this Thanksgiving side. Too bad you can’t see what it looked like – I had a very hungry boy on my hands and he simply could not wait to taste it.

To make this we sliced right through the apples and poked the seeds out. My kid was delighted to find that the center of an apple looks like a star. So delighted that he kept eating the apples we were preparing for the dish.

It’s always fascinating to me to see how a kid’s brain works. I explained that we’d be layering the apples with the sweet potatoes and he decided to first lay down a circle of sweet potatoes and then slot in the apples rather than alternating. Cute! Now for the recipe…

Baked Sweet Potatoes & Apples Recipe

Thanksgiving Planning: Bake on thanksgiving day.

Prep Time: 12 mins Cooking Time: 45 mins to 1 hour

2 to 3 granny smith apples (peeled + sliced in rounds, seeds removed)
juice of 1 lemon
2 to 3 red skinned sweet potatoes (peeled + sliced in rounds)
2 tablespoons butter (cut into small pieces for dotting)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/4 cup apple juice
extra butter for rubbing

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss apple slices in lemon juice and set aside. In a small bowl mix together brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. In another small bowl whisk together apple juice and maple syrup. Set aside. Rub the bottom of a large baking dish with butter. Alternate layering apples and sweet potatoes in the dish packing in as many as possible. They shrink up so you want them really overlapping and packed tightly. Pour apple juice mixture all over the top of the layers and then sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Finish by dotting the top with pieces of butter. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 35 to 45 minutes then test for doneness. When the sweet potatoes and apples start to get tender, take the foil off and let the top caramelize in the oven for 5 minutes. Be sure not to over bake apples. Serves 6 to 8.

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29 Comments on “Baked Sweet Potatoes & Apples”

  1. 1.) Lisan
    November 13th, 2010

    Mmmm looks jummie. I'm really gonna try this. First I have to find me some sweet potatoes. Not all shops have them in Belgium.

  2. 2.) Dana
    November 13th, 2010

    Two of my favorite foods-apples and sweet potatoes! Looks delicious!

  3. 3.) cimmonz
    November 13th, 2010

    mmmm! i bet i could use pear too…. i have some to use up;o)
    now i know what can join tonight's chicken!

  4. 4.) Ashley
    November 13th, 2010

    I just made 2 different kinds of sweet potatoes for dinner last night and these are completely different from both of those (one mashed with marshmellows, the other cut in chunks with brown sugar and pineapple). Thanks for adding to my repitou (sp?)

  5. 5.) CookingWithMyKid
    November 13th, 2010

    Pear would be awesome!

  6. 6.) sheri
    November 13th, 2010

    this looks great! i love sweet potatoes and am always looking for new ways to use them.

  7. 7.) paulajakobs
    November 13th, 2010

    This looks great! It's definitely on the todo list.

  8. 8.) adamzurn
    November 13th, 2010

    Looks yummy! My wife and I are ironing out the Thanksgiving menu right now.

  9. 9.) Miranda
    November 13th, 2010

    Sounds like dessert!

  10. 10.) GramaJean
    November 13th, 2010

    Looks so good I'm going out into the rain and snow to get the sweet potatoes.

  11. 11.) Michelle
    November 13th, 2010

    I have never tried those 2 together. Looks yummy!

  12. 12.) Vicki
    November 14th, 2010

    Oh man, that looks yummy. I love a new recipe for sweet potatoes!! : )

  13. 13.) souzalito
    November 14th, 2010

    I never would have thought to put apples with sweet potatoes. Yum! Two of my favorite things!

  14. 14.) Charlene
    November 14th, 2010

    Yum. This sounds yummy!

  15. 15.) michelle
    November 14th, 2010

    Looks fabulous. My father-in-law makes a similar recipe for our Thanksgiving feast, but his also has marshmallows. This is one that I will have to try at home since I have a serious sweet potato addiction.

  16. 16.) Nicole
    November 14th, 2010

    Give me some of THAT!

  17. 17.) Kelli
    November 14th, 2010

    This will be a new one on my Thanksgiving table this year. MMmmmmmm.
    I LOVE this site!!!!

  18. 18.) megan
    November 14th, 2010

    I usually love my thanksgiving sweet potatoes dripping in sugar and butter, but this looks like a tasty alternative.

  19. 19.) Becky
    November 15th, 2010

    We love sweet potatoes and I can't wait to try this dish.

  20. 20.) Misty sedehi
    November 15th, 2010

    Looks yummy AND easy, I'm gonna try it!

  21. 21.) Heidi
    November 15th, 2010

    Sweet potatoes are my favorite dish at Thanksgiving dinner. I like the addition of apple… yummy!

  22. 22.) Julia Davis
    November 15th, 2010

    great variation for sweet potatos!

  23. 23.) Jessica
    November 15th, 2010

    I love this sweet potatoes and apples. Must try this. Thanks!

  24. 24.) Susan
    November 15th, 2010

    I love cooking with kids, love your site and love sweet potatoes! Your recipes are simple and delicious.

  25. 25.) krystie
    November 15th, 2010

    Oh, I expect my son will love this – anything that means he gets to slice apples is a "win" in his book!

  26. 26.) deebo
    November 16th, 2010

    looks like tomorrow nights dinner!!

  27. 27.) Rebecca
    November 17th, 2010

    That is super cute that he put all of the sweet potato slices down first, then the apples. And how wonderful that you let him take the lead and do it however he wants to achieve the cooking goal. Love it!

  28. 28.) Susan
    November 17th, 2010

    I love your site!

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