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Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until tender, about 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.
  2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl. Discard potato skins.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the cream to the potatoes and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed, until smooth.
  4. Mix in the applesauce and ginger; season with salt and pepper
  5. Transfer potato mixture to an ovenproof dish and bake until heated through, about 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, toss the apples with the granulated sugar in a bowl. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are caramelized to a golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove potato mixture from the oven, top with the caramelized apples, and serve.

Note: If oven space is at a premium, cook the sweet potatoes in the microwave. Prink potatoes generously with a fork, arrange in a "spoke" configuration on a paper towel, and cook at HIGH power until soft to the touch, about 13 to 14 minutes total. Continue according to recipe directions.

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