Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples

Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Apples

Sweet potatoes with caramelized apples is a delicious and satisfying dish that combines the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes with the rich and slightly tart flavor of caramelized apples. It is a popular side dish that is enjoyed all over the world.

There are a few reasons why sweet potatoes with caramelized apples is a popular dish:

  1. Sweet potatoes and apples are both in-season during the fall and winter months, making this a natural and seasonally appropriate dish to serve during this time of year.
  2. The combination of sweet potatoes and caramelized apples is a classic and tasty pairing that adds a variety of flavors and textures to the dish.
  3. Sweet potatoes are a healthy and nutritious food that are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are also a good source of antioxidants. Caramelized apples are also a healthy choice, as they are high in fiber and contain a variety of nutrients.

Sweet potatoes with caramelized apples can be served as a side dish with a variety of main courses, such as roast chicken, pork, or beef. It can also be enjoyed on its own as a vegetarian main course. Some people also like to top their sweet potatoes with caramelized apples and serve them as a sweet and satisfying dessert.


Course Rice, Potatoes, and Beans
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 each Granny Smith apples — peeled & cored
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice — fresh
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar — packed
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup orange juice — fresh


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large heavy bottom sauce pan, add cold water ¾ full and bring to a boil. Peel potatoes, cut into cubes and add to boiling water for about 20-30 minutes until soft. Drain potatoes and place in medium bowl; add salt, and mash thoroughly. Meanwhile, slice apples into 1/8-inch thick wedges and place in a medium bowl. Add lemon juice and toss to combine. In a medium skillet, melt 6 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add 4 tablespoons brown sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Cook apple slices, until golden, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and set aside. In a medium skillet, melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. Stir in 4 tablespoons cream, brandy, orange juice, and cook until slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add to sweet potatoes, mixing well to combine. Butter a 3-quart ovenproof casserole and add potato mixture. Arrange apple slices on and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.