Thursday, November 8, 2007

Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Apples

This recipe is one of Ina Garten's, from Barefoot Contessa Family Style I think. It's my favorite yam recipe I've found so far. I think it tastes best when the apples are caramelized. I've only been able to achieve this once! Usually they end up all soft and mushy. I'm sure I'm using the wrong apples. I'm going to try my new favorite apple: Honeycrisp. I will probably split these into two casserole dishes and top one with the apples and one with mini-marshmallows, to appease my family members whose Thanksgiving tastes are not as... sophisticated as mine. :)

INGREDIENTS
8 pounds (about 12 large) sweet potatoes
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup heavy cream
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
6 McIntosh or Macoun apples, peeled, cored, and cut into eighths
6 tablespoons light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375°. Scrub potatoes, then prick several times with a knife or fork. Bake 1 hour, or until very soft when pierced with a knife. Combine orange juice, cream, butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

Remove potatoes from oven. Once cooled, scoop out the insides with a spoon. Place 1/2 of sweet potato meat into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add 1/2 of juice-and-cream mixture, blend until combined but not smooth, and pour into a large baking dish. Repeat with remaining potatoes and juice-and-cream mixture, and add to baking dish.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple wedges and brown sugar; cook about 10 minutes, turning apples occasionally, until lightly browned on both sides. Place on top of sweet potatoes and bake 30 minutes, until heated through. (Note: If refrigerating before baking, cook 45 minutes, or until heated through.)

6 comments:

Sara said...

Would you believe I haven't tried this recipe yet? I have the Martha Stewart Living Cookbook, and in it there's a recipe for sweet potatoes with caramelized apples. It's very similar to Ina's, but Martha uses granny smith apples.

I'm skipping a sweet potato side dish this year because I'm making a sweet potato pie with marshmallow meringue for dessert. Is it Thanksgiving yet?!?

Katherine said...

Where did you find that treasure of a recipe? Oh my word, that sounds delicious.

Sara said...

It's in the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/240425

But, now that I went to pull the recipe for you, I read the reviews which seem to be quite mixed. I may have to change my plans.

If you feel like it, email me your thanksgiving menu and we can compare. My email address is in my blogger profile.

stephanie said...

that sounds so good! our family friend makes a similar recipe and tops it with crumbled oatmeal cookies - just drizzle some melted butter and you are good to go.

Jessica said...

I love this recipe I made it last year and it was a big hit with my family. I used the marshmellows though. It must be a Sant thing, always have to have marshmellows on the yams.

COCO said...

That recipe sounds so good! I love Barefoot Contessa!! Have you seen her gift baskets on 1-800-Flowers.com? http://ww21.1800flowers.com/dataset.do?dataset=10671&cm_mmc=tagged-_-na-_-na-_-na&bannerBeacon=true
I want her baking one!!

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