You’ll love Sweet Potato Apple Bake! This yummy dish features layers of sweet potatoes, apples, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans!
Today I want to share an absolutely delicious side dish! It’s a dish that requires minimal prep before it is baked to perfection. My husband and I both think it tastes like dessert, even though we enjoy it served as a side dish. It’s the best of two worlds… if you enjoy sweet potatoes and the taste of apple pie… then this dish is for YOU!
The sweet potato apple bake only takes about 10 minutes to get ready, then it bakes away the rest of the time. How easy is THAT? I really think you’re gonna love this tasty dish, so let me show you just how simple it is to prepare.
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Prepare The Sweet Potato And Apple
Before starting, preheat your oven to 350°F. It doesn’t take long to get the potatoes ready, so you want your oven preheated to save time! Peel a large sweet potato (the red skinned kind). Slice the sweet potato in half lengthwise. Cut each half into half-moon shaped pieces about ¼” thick. Separate the slices into two equal piles.
Peel the apple, then remove the seeds. Cut the apple in half from the stem down to the bottom. Cut each half into the same size half-moon shaped pieces (¼” thick). Keep the apple slices in one pile.
Time To Layer This Dish!
Spray or grease a 2 quart baking dish. Place the slices of HALF the sweet potato in a single layer in the dish. Evenly sprinkle the slices with ½ Tablespoon of brown sugar. Next, place ALL of the apples on top of the sweet potatoes, keeping the apple slices in a single layer, as much as possible.
Sprinkle the apple slices with ½ Tablespoon brown sugar and the cinnamon. Measure out 2 Tablespoon of chopped pecans and set them aside for later (not in the layering). Take the REMAINING chopped pecans and evenly sprinkle them over the brown sugar cinnamon apple slices.
Now add the final half of the sweet potato slices over the apples, placing them in a single layer, once again. Sprinkle the sweet potatoes with the remaining Tablespoon of brown sugar, then drizzle melted butter over the sweet potatoes.
Ready To Bake
COVER THE BAKING DISH and bake at 350°F. for 35 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, and top with the reserved 2 Tablespoons pecans (and a couple shakes of cinnamon, if desired).
Leave the lid OFF and place the dish back into the oven. Continue baking (uncovered) for an additional 30-35 minutes. When done, the sweet potatoes and apples will be lightly browned and tender. You can insert a knife into a sweet potato slice to make sure it is tender!
The Sweet Potato Apple Bake Is Ready To Enjoy!
Let the sweet potato apple bake cool for just a minute, then serve it with a favorite main course, and enjoy this amazing side dish! When I was photographing this recipe, my husband and I had just smoked a whole turkey on our Traeger grill.
We served slices of the smoked turkey with this sweet potato and apple dish, along with steamed broccoli. Even though we enjoyed this meal at the very beginning of MAY, it felt like it was THANKSGIVING! Turkey and sweet potatoes… yum! This dish would be a wonderful addition to any holiday feast!
I hope you have the chance to try this flavor-filled recipe, because it really does taste great. The recipe yields 4 servings, so it is also a fairly inexpensive side dish to make. Thanks for stopping by, and please come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a great day.
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Recipe adapted from the cookbook: “Southern Living Best-Loved Christmas Classics”, page 113, published in 2013 by Time Home Entertainment, Inc./Oxmoor House
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You'll love Sweet Potato Apple Bake! This yummy dish features layers of sweet potatoes, apples, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans!
- 1 large sweet potato (approx. 8 oz.)
- 1 large Granny Smith apple (approx. 8 oz.)
- 2 Tablespoons packed dark brown sugar **divided use
- 2 Tablespoons butter melted
- ⅓ cup chopped pecans ** divided use
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray a 2 quart baking dish.
Peel sweet potato; slice in half lengthwise. Slice each half into "half-moon" shaped pieces about ¼" thick. Divide slices into two equal piles. Peel apple; remove seeds. Cut apple in half from stem down to bottom. Slice each half into ¼" thick "half-moon" shaped pieces. Keep apple slices in one pile. You should have 2 piles of sweet potato (½ potato in each) and 1 pile of apple slices.
Layer#1: Place one pile of sweet potato slices (½ of total) in a single layer in baking dish. Evenly sprinkle slices with ½ Tablespoon brown sugar.
Layer #2: Place ALL apple slices on top of sweet potatoes in a single layer. Sprinkle apples with ½ Tablespoon brown sugar and the cinnamon. **Measure out 2 Tablespoons from the chopped pecans - set them aside for later (not in the layering). Take REMAINING chopped pecans and sprinkle them over apples.
Layer #3: Put remaining sweet potato slices in a single layer over apples. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, then drizzle with melted butter.
COVER baking dish; bake at 350°F for 35 minutes. Remove from oven; top with reserved 2 Tablespoons pecans (and a couple shakes of cinnamon, if desired). Place dish (uncovered) back into oven. Continue baking (uncovered) for 30-35 minutes. When done, sweet potatoes/apples will be lightly browned and tender. Insert a knife into a sweet potato slice to check for tenderness. Remove from oven; let cool for a minute, then serve.
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