Mashed Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole

 
 
These mashed sweet potatoes and apples are a super simple side to make for your Thanksgiving dinner.  I know we all love sweet potatoes loaded with butter, brown sugar, and covered in gobs of marshmallows, but this casserole is naturally sweetened by the apples in it so they don’t need a lot of doctoring to give them the perfect flavor!    
 
 
 After boiling and mashing the potatoes and apples, just mix in a little bit of butter, a teeny bit of brown sugar, and little salt and cinnamon.  That’s it!
 
Spread everything into a casserole dish, top with thinly sliced apples, some pecans, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  I used two individual ramekins because I made a much smaller version for Brett and I.  
Then you just put it in the oven to bake for about 25 minutes to get the potatoes nice and hot and the apples on top soft!  And it is delicious!

If you are looking for a sweeter casserole you can go all out and make a pecan streusel to top it with (recipe below). 

Mashed Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole
 
Mashed Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole

Ingredients:
2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 large apples, peeled and cubed
1 large apple, cut into thin slices
2 tbs butter, soft
1/4 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
Cinnamon and brown sugar for sprinkling over top. 
Preheat oven to 350°.
Place sweet potatoes and apples in large saucepan. Add cold water to cover 1″ over sweet potatoes. Bring to boil on high heat.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
Drain well and return to saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons softened butter, cinnamon and salt. Mash until well blended and smooth.
Spoon into lightly greased 1½-quart casserole dish.
Arrange apple slices over the top and sprinkle with pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon.  Quickly spray the top with a little Pam. 
Bake 25 minutes or until heated through and apple slices on top are soft.
If you want a sweeter casserole, you can make this …
Pecan Streusel Topping

Ingredients:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
dash of cinnamon
Instructions
Mix brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter and cinnamon in small bowl until coarse crumbs form. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture then top with sliced apples.
 

adapted from Organic Authority

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