Sweet but not overly so, this sweet potato and apple side dish is a delicious accompaniment to a holiday meal. Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes after baking so the juices can thicken.
3 cups thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced (about 2 pounds)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (1-ounce) slices white bread
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the sweet potatoes and the next 4 ingredients (sweet potatoes through pepper). Place the sweet potato mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes, stirring after 25 minutes.
Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1 cup. Combine breadcrumbs, oil, and nutmeg; sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until golden. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Enjoyed this, though I think it would have been too plain without the breadcrumb topping, so surprised that others skipped it. I would use more apple so the dish is 50-50 apple to sweet potato. I also found that the top of the gratin got too dried out, and would use more liquid in the pan. Enjoyed that it was only subtly sweet, not sugary like most sweet potato dishes.
Simple, delicious and not too sweet. I didn't bother making the breadcrumb topping this time; just mixed some nutmeg in with everything else, but I would probably make it for company just to make it a little fancier. My one-year old gobbled it up and begged for more when he saw me putting away the leftovers.
Very heathly and delicious. The one of the best sweet potato recipes I have found. Not nearly as sweet as most sweet potato recipes which is what makes it so good. I agree, it is good with our without the topping. I would grate some fresh nutmeg on the top if you skip the bread crumbs.
I didn't put the topping on, and still thought this was absolutely delicious! Lots of flavor and I thought the sweet potato and apple really went well together. We had it with a chicken I roasted in our rotisserie. This dish will be made in my household again and again!
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