Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Baked sweet potatoes and apples

A cheering fall and winter recipe, this medley of sweet potatoes and apples makes a great side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, though you need not save this easy preparation for special occasions only. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Serves: 8 or more

  • 4 large sweet potatoes (4 to 4 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread such as Earth Balance, melted
    (or substitute olive oil, avocado oil, or sesame oil)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake or microwave the sweet potatoes until done but still firm. When cool enough to handle, peel them and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

Oil a deep, 1 1/2 quart baking casserole. Arrange half of the sweet potato slices on the bottom. Drizzle with half of the margarine, then half of the maple syrup. Top with the apple slices. Sprinkle lightly with the cinnamon and cloves. Repeat the layers, then pour the apple juice over the top.

Bake for 30 minutes, covered, then for another 10 minutes, uncovered. Serve at once or cover and keep warm until needed.

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10 comments on “Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples

  1. Hannah

    I’m going to try this for my vegan thanksgiving that I’m making for my grandparents who have started eating a (mostly) vegan diet for their health.

    Is it correct that you do not peel the sweet potatoes?

  2. Nava Post author

    Hannah, how great that you can explore a plant-based diet with your grandparents. And yes, the sweet potatoes should be peeled. Thanks for catching that omission. I’ve corrected the instructions. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. Dean

    Sarah, whenever I bake sweet potatoes in the microwave, they come out squishy on the ends and barely cooked in the middle. Do they cook more uniformly in a conventional oven? I haven’t baked a potato in a regular oven in years, so I don’t remember. Do you know any tricks to get things like potatoes to cook more uniformly in a microwave?

    thanks!

  5. Nava Post author

    Dean, sweet potatoes do bake much more uniformly in the oven than in a microwave. The latter is such a time-saver, though. the best tip I can give you is to choose sweet potatoes that are more evenly oblong — that is, that don’t have those narrow ends with a wide middle. Not that anything is wrong with those, but they really do come out less evenly in the microwave. The other thing to do is to slightly undercook them altogether in the microwave, so they keep their shape, and bake a little longer if need be once the dish is in the oven.

    Hope this helps! Happy Thanksgiving–

  6. charlee

    OMG!!!! This was the highlight of my thanksgiving (aside from the equally delicious mash potatoes w/ groovy onion gravy.) The preparation was so easy too. I love this! Everyone loves it. I was so proud watching some overstuffed family members coming home — I celebrated alone because they wanted turkey and I’m a vegan– and eating my dessert (I served it as a dessert rather than side dish.) It was so delicious I wish we didn’t have pumpkin pie (vegan of course) since it didn’t compare. Thanks so much for the recipe. Everyone is looking forward to the next time I make this… Did I mention how easy it was… I think I did. But I just had to say it again because I am the laziest person that shows how easy this recipe was. Thanks again.

  7. Nava Post author

    Charlee, so glad this was such a hit with you and your family. I’ve always maintained that the best way to convince non-vegans is not with lectures at the table, but with delicious food!

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