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.


  • 4 large sweet potatoes, pierced with the tines of a fork

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • ½ 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


  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.

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