Nov 17, 2008

Favorite Thanksgiving side dish!

The Scattered Mind of a Tattooed Minivan Mom wants to know what your favorite Thanksgiving recipe, memory or story is.  I'm sharing one of my most favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.

This recipe, Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples, is from the lovely Martha Stewart.  Now don't be scared folks.  The recipe looks more complicated than it actually is.  See that picture over there?  Mine never looks like that (this picture if from Martha's website as is the recipe I copied).

When I make mine I actually lay the apples out in a swirly pattern.  In the middle the apples look like a rose.  But it taste the same if you just flop the apples on top of the sweet potatoes.  I just like being fancy!

Here the scoop!

Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples

Serves 8 to 10

6 (about 4 pounds) sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
6 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup Calvados, or brandy
1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1.) Heat oven to 425 degrees. Bake potatoes until soft, 40 to 45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel and place flesh in a medium bowl; add salt, and mash with a fork.

2.) Meanwhile, slice apples into 1/8-inch-thick wedges and place in a medium bowl. Add lemon juice and toss to combine.

3.) In a medium skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar and cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Cook apple slices in the butter and sugar in 3 or 4 batches, until golden and caramelized, about 1 minute on each side. As they finish cooking, transfer to a plate and set aside.

4.) In a medium skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. Stir in 4 tablespoons cream and the Calvados and cook until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add to sweet potatoes, mixing well to combine. Transfer potato mixture to a buttered 3-quart ovenproof casserole. Arrange apple slices over potatoes; set aside.

5.) In a medium skillet, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and cook until dissolved. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of cream and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Stir in orange juice and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until thickened and dark brown. Pour over the apples and cover with aluminum foil.

6.) Bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve immediately, or let stand at room temperature for up to 30 minutes before serving.

Notes from the chef:

If you are wondering what Calvados is, it's a pricey Apple Brandy.  I started making this when I was broke and in college.  I substituted orange juice for the Brandy (but don't tell Martha).  To this day I do not use Brandy.

Also, I'm always kind of confused between sweet potatoes and yams.  I buy the one that is orange inside!  

This dish is great because you can make it a day in advance.  Just make sure to let it come to room temperature before baking it.

Head over to the Martha Stewart website if you want to a printable version of this recipe. 


Anonymous said...


And I like how you add your two cents to the recipe at the end. Recipes always need to be tweaked.

Thanks for sharing Michelle!

kjamama said...

Great recipe! I think my hubby would like that one! Thanks for your comment on my Twilight post....I think you're right about books being better than movies usually. The books were great! :) Thanks for stopping by on my page!

Lorie said...

YUM! That does look good. I might have to find out who is in charge of sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner!

nikkicrumpet said...

If it has more than three ingrediants...and more than three stir, mix, bake...then it's WAY over my skill level!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

DO NOT like sweet potatoes - but this does look yummy!

Saundra@An Italian Mama Gone Crazy said...

I love me some sweet potaotes, and those look divine!!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I never eat the sweet potato dishes at Thanksgiving but I would eat this! I love the apple twist.

Hah, and I loved your Thanks for giving a rat ass" comment.

Jo-Jo said...

Oh yumm. You think you could cook that for my thanksgiving dinner?

gingela5 said...

I'm not a sweet potato fan but it looks good! I'm sure I could get over it for this recipe! :)

angie said...

It looks amazing! I've never had apples on sweet potatoes, but it sounds perfect.

Becky :) said...

It looks very yummy. I love this recipe that my sister-in-love's brother makes with sweet potatoes with some kind of candied stuff on top but it has some type of alcohol in it too. It's so yummy!!!!

RhondaLue said...

Im a pretty basic sweet potato person. Toss some butter in a pan, mix in some ooey, gooey marshmallows and then add the canned sweet potatoes till warmed through. That's as complicated as I get.

Can you just make me some and bring it over? I'm sure it tastes fantastic! yum yum

(kinda not fair everyone is posting delicious food recipes today when I have a contrast MRI this evening and can't eat or drink for 6 hours. big bummer.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Yum! Thanks :)

Brandy said...

This sounds good but I would have an uprising on my hands if I even thought about not using marshmallows on my sweet potatoes. One year I tried a pecan wasn't pretty.

jenn3 said...

That sounds really good. But thankfully my mom and grandmother do all the cooking and I just eat (yeah, I'm spoiled), so I won't have to worry with it.

feather k said...

looks yummy...and I don't even like yams...but I bet I could have me a hearty helpin' :)

Jen said...

I can see why that is your favorite side dish. Yum!

sassy stephanie said...

Oh wow. I've never had sweet potatoes with apples before. Sounds yum.

Thanks for sharing in my SITS day with me!

Anonymous said...

Hope you make this dish and your deviled eggs.

Love Mom

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