Recipe: Sweet Potato and Apple Bake

by Bridgette R. Odom

baked sweet potatoFall ushers in a bounty of rich colors and flavors. We've allowed the decadent duo of sweet potatoes and apples to join up for a delicious taste treat from the fall pantry. This can be the perfect side dish to accompany any holiday feast! Have the urge to improvise with additional ingredients? Have fresh ginger? Throw some in! Prefer lemon to orange? Switch it around. We're positive you'll enjoy this versatile and healthy fall side dish.

Here's another reason to serve it: Sweet potatoes have these three antioxidants: Vitamin A, C, and E! Sweet potatoes are the star ingredient in this recipe.

Prep time: 10 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes | Yield: Serves 8

Sweet Potato and Apple Bake

Ingredients
• 3-4 cups sweet potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick (1-2 potatoes)
• 2 apples, peeled, sliced (to change up the flavor, substitute oranges, peeled and sectioned)
• 1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice
• 1-2 tablespoons honey
• 3 tablespoons wheat germ or quick oats
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon ginger
• 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
• 4 teaspoons butter

Directions
Preheat oven to 375. Lightly butter the bottom of a baking dish or spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Place half of the sweet potatoes slices in the bottom. Top with half the apples, then another layer of sweet potatoes, and the remainder of the apples.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the orange juice, spices and honey. Pour over the layered sweet potatoes and apples. Top with wheat germ, and dot with margarine. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon if desired.

Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes.

Cook's Note
The apple defines this recipe's flavor. We encourage you to experiment with a variety -- from the tart Stayman and Winesaps to tart/sweet Granny Smith and Jonathans clear to the sweet Honey Crisp and Galas.

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