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Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples

A topping of caramelized diced apples makes a beautiful presentation, but also works wonderfully with the flavor of the sweet mash -- so well that nobody will miss the standard mini marshmallows.

  • Servings: 6
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples

Ingredients

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, pierced with the tines of a fork
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, preferably homemade
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 apples (1 pound), peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake until tender, 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand until cool enough to handle.

  2. Cut each potato lengthwise. Scoop flesh into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment; discard skins. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the cream; mix on medium speed until smooth. Mix in applesauce and ginger; season with salt and pepper.

  3. Transfer potato mixture to an ovenproof dish. Bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, toss apples with sugar in a bowl. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apple mixture; cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are golden and caramelized, about 10 minutes.

  5. Remove potato mixture from oven; top with caramelized apples, and serve.

Reviews (12)

  • 777Deb777 26 Nov, 2011

    Every year for the past 7 years I have tried a different recipe for Sweet Potatoes on Thanksgiving to find one that everyone loves. I made this recipe this year and finally I found our keeper!! Everyone RAVED about it!! I used half the amount of ginger because I am not a ginger person. No one was able to guess what the spice was in it, they thought it cinnamon or nutmeg..lol and I am twice as happy because it is a Very Healthy recipe!! Thank you Martha!!!!

  • 1ClassyMom 20 Nov, 2011

    I have not tried it, but the picture is unappetizing.

  • lirpaj29 29 Nov, 2010

    I made this for Thanksgiving this hear and it really did get great reviews from friends and family. However, I had a hard time getting my apples to caramelize. I followed the recipe, and I used braeburn apples. It seemed like they released a LOT of juice, so I did pour some of that off. Any ideas on what I should have done differently?

  • LoriLev 25 Nov, 2010

    I made a big batch of this recipe for Thanksgiving. It was delicious. I started the potatoes in the microwave to cut down on oven time then transferred them to oven to finish them off. Just be sure to poke them with a fork first. I also added a bit of cinnamon and used ground Ginger because that's what I had on hand. I coated the apples with a bit of lemon juice before adding sugar and caramelizing and they did not turn yucky brown

  • USCStephanie 23 Nov, 2010

    This recipe received rave reviews from my friends at a recent Thanksgiving potluck. I was surprised at what a healthy dish this actually was. I found that I had to cook the potatoes over 90 minutes because they were large. Also chefletisia's comment about adding cinnamon to the apples worked well.

  • chefletisia 11 Dec, 2009

    This was great! Everyone really enjoyed them! Yum. I liked the ginger a lot. I will make these again, but maybe add cinnamon to the apples.

  • catherine495 18 Oct, 2009

    These are fine, but I prefer Martha's Mashed Sweet and Russet Potatoes with Herbs. I would not make these again.

  • danceygirl 21 Nov, 2008

    I made this when it first came out in 1995 (I still have the original MS Living magazine, with all the stains on it lol) and it is the BEST. So delicious, so easy, everybody loved it. I'm going to bring it back this year!

  • Hayley_sGrandma 1 Dec, 2007

    This was so delicious, I doubled the recipe

  • virginiabelle3 23 Nov, 2007

    I don't care for the taste of ginger so I substituted cinnamon for it. Umm, delicious!

  • TeenageHomemaker 19 Nov, 2007

    I made this last year and it was a huge hit with everyone!

  • marthaguy 5 Nov, 2007

    This is a family favorite!

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