Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake


Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake

In my personal opinion, this sweet potato recipe is the epitome of the perfect holiday side dish.  Forget those sugar-laden sweet potato casseroles of the past.  This dish has a nice mix of  flavors characteristic of the season.  The combination not only tastes yummy, it will make a beautiful presentation on your holiday table as well!

A few side notes… I choose not to peel my sweet potatoes or apples.  I like the added fiber and nutrients the skin provides and the saved prep time.  Feel free to peel yours if you wish.  Secondly, I like to partially cook my sweet potatoes before baking.  This  allows for a shorter bake time and less likelihood of the apples getting overbaked.     If that’s not an issue for you, combine all ingredients into a casserole dish and double the baking time.

 

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

  • 6 small or 3 large sweet potatoes, cubed into uniform sizes
  • 2 apples (preferably a firmer variety), cubed
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed and dried
  • 3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) pecans or walnuts, roughly chopped

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 11 pan or large casserole dish with coconut oil or ghee.
  • Chop the sweet potatoes into uniform pieces (1/2-1″ cubes).
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee over medium-high heat in a saute pan.  When heated, add sweet potatoes, and half of the salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, cook about 8 minutes.  Should not be completely tender.  They will finish baking in the oven.
  • Transfer sweet potatoes to baking pan.
  • Add apples and cranberries.  Sprinkle with remaining spices.  Gently mix ingredients until combined.
  • Using the remaining tablespoon of ghee (coconut oil), dot small amounts on top.  Mix briefly.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove and gently stir.
  • Place foil back over pan and bake an additional 10 minutes or until potatoes and apples are softened.  Don’t over bake.  Potatoes and apples will get mushy!
  • Sprinkle with pecans or walnuts before serving.

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