Not Just For Holidays Anymore ~ Sweet Potatoes and Apple Casserole

Sweet potatoes with apple, bacon & maple syrup

Sweet potatoes with apple & maple syrup (Photo credit: SaucyGlo)

By popular demand (okay only livingsimplyfree  asked for it, but I am sure thousands of you out there were too shy to ask) I am going to break with the tradition of offering fine literature (lol) and give you my recipe for Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole.

You can thank my friend, Debbie for it. She sort of guides my cooking along on a simple path—which is the only path I can follow.  I made it without the ginger (because I did not have any) and the cinnamon (because I forgot to put it in) and with Aunt Jemima butter syrup (as I had no real maple syrup) and it was still delicious. Both my husband and brother loved it for Thanksgiving. My husband though was the one to convince—my brother is pretty easy to please.

This is a nice fall recipe—not only is it delicious, but it smells good. So without further ado:

Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

4 large sweet potatoes (I used 2 humongous ones)

1 ½ lbs. apples (don’t really know how much this is, so used 5)

3 tbsp. butter (I guessed at this)

1/3 cup apple juice (again guessed at this as the increments on my measuring cup are faded)

3 tbsp. maple syrup (Aunt Jemima filled in here)

1 tbsp. lemon juice (I just squeezed some lemon into it)

1 tsp. or a little more of cinnamon (forgot it)

½ tsp. ginger (didn’t have it)

1) Peel potatoes and cut ¼ inch crosswise or in even chunks. Boil until almost fork tender but still a little firm. (I microwaved mine until almost tender, let them cool, and then peeled them—no ¼ inch crosswise stuff for me!)

2) Peel apples and slice (I did this exactly as instructed) Set aside for a moment.

3) Mix remaining ingredients together and boil in a small saucepan. Cook slowly for 10 minutes (this was hard for me, cause I always cook everything on high to get it done sooner—I am such a gourmet cook).

4) Grease a 2 quart shallow dish. Alternately fill with apples and sweet potatoes. Pour sauce over and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 – 30 minutes (apples will get softer- well duh!)

5) Baste with sauce before serving.

As you can see this is a very forgiving recipe and with all the changes I made, it still turned out delicious! So there you have it. Don’t ever say I never shared anything with you.

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  1. I love the sound of this and will add it to my Thanksgiving dinner, British style but with help from American friends and relatives! All the best to you :)

    • and now a Canadian friend with a borrowed apple and sweet potato casserole

  2. Indeed! Sorry! :) :)

    • no need to be sorry–just wanted to add to your international repertoire

      • Thank you! :)

  3. How yummy! Thanks for sharing. http://www.segmation.wordpress.com

    • thanks for stopping by

  4. :) I love the comments in the recipe – I cook a lot like that too. Don’t have this, forgot that, oops, this has gone bad.. two glugs looks about right. I guess I learned it by watching my grandmother and mother cook that way. It (usually) works out in the end.

    • It usually does – I am a great helper in the kitchen but when left to my own devices I take whatever shortcuts I can — feel kind of bad about the cinnamon though

  5. Hum, perhaps I will add this to my Practice Thanksgiving menu this year. I have a good sweet potato casserole recipe but I like that this one has apples and maple syrup in it.

    • sweet potatoes are truly versatile aren’t they?

  6. sounds yummy!

    • it was (and is–there is still a little teeny tiny bit left)

  7. Thanks for sharing! ;) This looks and sounds delicious! I’ll eat just about anything with maple syrup. Yum!

    • can’t go wrong with maple syrup (even the fake stuff works)

  8. Mmm. Can’t wait for our thanksgiving in November. Oh, wait. I’m cooking. Boo boo. Burned dry turkey!

    • hey, if I can do, anyone can do it!

  9. What an awesome casserole my friend, the flavours sound awesome :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • they are good — you probably know all about complementary flavours

  10. That looks great! Something I’d like to try. :)

    • it is worth it

  11. Thank You! Thank You! This really does sound delicious, and I cook the same way by guessing at most things so it’s the perfectly written recipe for me. Now I will change one thing, that Aunt Jemima syrup has to go for the locally made real thing! Guess I’m going to make a dish this year for Thanksgiving as I have to have this, although it sounds so good I’m having it as soon as I buy some sweet potatoes!

    • I am sure the real thing will make a big difference – hope you enjoy it – you know I think it would taste good whipped up like mashed potatoes too

      • I think you are right :-)

  12. This rocks the house.

    • glad you like it ;)

  13. I’m going to try it with a butternut squash.

    • that would be good too – I like that idea

  14. Sounds yummy!

    • thank you :)

  15. sounds good, will make it for Christmas! Gill loves sweet potatoes so this will be a big hit with her and grand daughter Sophie.

    • see, I am good for something

  16. I’m not much of a cook but I can think of no better mix than apples and sweet potato. I love that you make substitutions and omissions.

    • I do that because I am not much of a cook either!

      • No I think it has to do with creativity. We can only use the ingredients we have at times and never should it be said that you can’t make a painting unless you have all the colours.

      • I like your theory – creativity is a good thing – thanks brett

  17. I’ve just been catching up on your Thanksgiving posts. Wow, I can’t believe the amount of delicious food you have been busy preparing! The menu looked fantastic. Must be a huge day catching up with friends and family. We love leftovers too. When we have a BBQ we always cook heaps of food to make sure we have leftovers for the next day’s lunch and dinner.
    That’s exciting that you write your own column in the newspaper. Congratulations on reaching 14 years!

    • thank you for the accolades! leftovers rule–they make life so much easier after the feasting or partying or bbq-ing

  18. [...] to my son’s home for Thanksgiving where his wife was kind enough to let me experiment.  This sweet potato recipe didn’t [...]


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