I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away. This year is flying by so fast! It is not only time to plan Thanksgiving menus but also Thanksgiving leftovers. The leftovers that make me realize just how much I can stuff into my fridge. Is it just me, or do you get really creative trying to squeeze everything in the fridge this time of year? One of my biggest leftovers from Thanksgiving is sweet potatoes. Leftover mashed sweet potatoes (or sweet potato casserole) goes from side dish to dessert so easily. Remember Sweet Potato Parfait Delight from last year http://wp.me/p57UhS-6Z ? This recipe combines apples and sweet potatoes. A combination I didn’t even realize I liked until a couple of years ago at a dinner gathering. I was found feasting on an apple and sweet potato casserole . Something I wouldn’t have served myself, but I’m so glad my host did. A leftover tradition was born!
Sweet Potato Stuffed Apples: The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it can be made sweet or savory. Let’s start with sweet:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut one apple in half lengthwise Remove core and seeds. Put 1 tsp brown sugar (1/2 tsp each) into well and drizzle with maple syrup (optional). Put apples into shallow dish and put a thin layer of water, apple juice, or combination into bottom. I like to add a little splash of bourbon, too! Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven…sorry just had to use my new famous mouse potholder, it cracks me up, Thanks Mom! I like to spoon a little juice over top of apples. It will make them a little easier to scoop. Scoop out each half leaving a shell. You will be tempted by the smell to steal a bite, but put apple pulp aside. I like to roughly chop the apple pulp, but if you prefer a finer texture, just give it a few whirls in the food processor. Put apple pulp into a bowl. Add 1 cup leftover mashed sweet potatoes or casserole (Bonus yummy points for you if it contains marshmallows and nuts!) Add 1 TBSP butter and 1 TBSP cream Blend well and beat until fluffy, I use a whisk. Fill each apple shell. Put back into shallow pan. Sprinkle brown sugar on top and dot with butter. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn to broil. Broil until peaks are brown. Drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.
Prefer savory over sweet like my hubby? Follow directions above but OMIT maple syrup. Add crumble bacon into potato mixture. Top with cheddar cheese instead of brown sugar and butter. Bake for 5 minutes. Now there are two happy campers in the house!
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: Like nuts? Add toasted nuts to potato mixture. Have any leftover cranberries? Add them. Feeling tropical? Add toasted coconut and chopped pineapple to potato mixture. Want a more filling savory? Add a little leftover stuffing into the potato mixture. Think about what ingredients are in your mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole. Cinnamon? Add some cinnamon to the brown sugar before sprinkling on apples. Missing marshmallows? Add some on top before that last 5 minutes of baking. Still have some leftover sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole? Make Stuffed Apples
FOOD FUN: Sweet vs Savory: What are you? Take this fun quiz from Buzzfeed to find out …and no, you can’t answer both on any questions, I already tried. Toughest decision for me: gummy bears vs popcorn. But FYI, the two pair quite nicely together!