Cheryl’s Sweet Potato/Apple Bake

Another recipe from one of our shoppers and creative cooks.

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled if you wish, cubed into bite-size pieces
  • 1 large apple, best if the peel is left on but peeled if you wish, cubed into bite-size pieces
  • 3–4 heaping tablespoons of local honey of your choice
  • 2 tsp (or more to taste) chai spice mix from Aromatic Spice Blends (our vendor at Smart Markets Oakton)
  • dash or two of nutmeg to taste
  • dash or two of cinnamon to taste
  • cooking spray (I like Spectrum, but any spray will do)
  • Pre-heat oven to 375.
  • Generously cooking-spray the inside of an 8 x 8 cooking dish (or larger as appropriate if you are doubling, tripling, or quadrupling this recipe).
  • Since sweet potatoes take longer to cook than apples, put the potatoes in the oven alone, first in the cooking dish. Cook till they are getting to be tender, about 20 minutes (or longer for larger quantities).
  • Now it’s time to add the apples on top of the potatoes. The apples should take an additional 15 minutes or so to soften.
  • While you wait for the apples to soften, gently melt the honey, chai spices, cinnamon and nutmeg on the stove or in the microwave (if microwaving, just 10 seconds will do the trick). Stir gently.
  • Evenly pour this mixture on top of the potatoes and apples. Allow to cook about 5 minutes longer.
  • Potatoes and apples should both be pleasantly soft and warm by this time and infused with the spices and honey. Keep covered and warm till ready to serve.
  • Cooking times will vary for larger quantities. The recipe will serve 3–4 meat eaters eating this as a side dish or 2–3 vegetarians who choose to fill up on side dishes and skip the turkey.
  • Enjoy!