Fall is here and apples are being picked. People are beginning to think of the holidays. One of the things that comes along with the holidays and fall is the warmth of delicious food spiced up just right. Sweet potatoes come to mind here, fixed in too many ways to recount.
I decided to try sweet potatoes with apples. Oh my! It was well worth the effort. I came up with a VERY simple yet VERY delicious and easy way to fix them. And it’s fast too, so no extra time is spent hovering over the stove.
This recipe is totally flexible. It can easily be increased or decreased, and flavors adjusted to fit your family’s preferences. The following meets our taste preferences, but feel free to alter the ingredients as suggested and you can’t go wrong!
Delicious Sweet Potatoes with Apples
Makes 4 to 5 Servings
2 small sweet potatoes (or 1 large one)
2 medium apples, any type
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp water
1/4 cup walnuts (optional)
1 Tbsp raisins (optional)*
1 Tbsp butter
Cinnamon, to taste
Salt, to taste
Cayenne powder, to taste
Heat a modest amount of water in a large skillet with a lid. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into serving size small pieces. Spread out the sweet potato pieces in the boiling water in the skillet. Cover with lid and allow to cook until they are 2/3 to 3/4 done. (This doesn’t take long, depending upon the size of the sweet potato pieces.) Drain off most, but not all, of the water. Place skillet back on the stove.
As the potatoes are cooking, peel and cut the apples into bite-size pieces. Toss in the lemon juice and water to keep the apples from turning brown.
After the sweet potatoes have been partially cooked and excess water drained from the skillet, place the tablespoon of butter in the skillet and allow it to melt. Add the apples WITH the lemon/water mixture. Add walnuts, if using them. Add raisins or other sweetener (*) if desired. Sprinkle with cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne powder (or amount desired), and a little salt. Stir to combine.
Cover skillet and allow the potatoes and apples to steam for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the potatoes finish cooking and apples are warm, but not mushy. Serve immediately.
*Added sweetener is only optional with this dish (it’s yummy even without it!). However, if sweetener is desired, some choices in place of raisins may be a little brown sugar, maple sugar, maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. Add according to your taste preferences.
Below is a link to my video showing how to prepare this dish. Check it out! Judi