Here’s a wonderful recipe from Tanya, a neighborhood mom, that’s a simple alternative to mashed or plain roasted potatoes. The apples provide a pleasant sweet surprise. The other surprise? The adults in our family loved this recipe even more than the kids.
6 white potatoes (or equivalent amount of red or new potatoes)
2 apples, peeled and cored
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 400F. Chop potatoes and apples into cubes. The larger the cube, the longer it will take to cook. Also you may want to make your apple cubes larger than your potato cubes because the apples will take less time to cook. We diced our apples and potatoes to about 1/2 inch square. Toss cubed apples and potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper. Place on shallow baking sheet (with sides) in oven for 20 minutes. At 20 minute point, open oven (be careful of steam coming out!) and stir potatoes and apples so that they can cook evenly. Close oven and cook for 20 minutes more.
Tanya suggests you can also add sliced onions to the mix before putting it in the oven but that if you do, make sure to pack the potatoes and apples close to each other because otherwise the onion will dry out – it needs the moisture from the apples and potatoes to cook properly. If you don’t have the proper amount of potatoes or apples, don’t worry, a 1:3 ratio was about right for us but this is a very forgiving recipe.
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