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Apple-topped mashed sweet potatoes

Total Time
1 hr 50 min
20 min
1 hr 30 min
This delicious combination of apples and sweet potatoes is a side dish certain to impress your holiday guests or for any dinner party celebration. The recipe also features unsweetened orange juice, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Just be sure to use Golden Delicious apples because they hold their shape well while cooking. Feel free to make any kind of pretty apple pattern you want on top of the potatoes. And for even more added convenience, you can assemble this dish up to 4 hours in advance (up to the point of baking it). Keep it refrigerated but let it come to room temperature before baking.


Uncooked sweet potato

5 pound(s), medium-size, scrubbed, pierced with a fork

Salted butter

1 Tbsp


2 medium, Golden Delicious, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick

Unsweetened orange juice

½ cup(s)

Table salt

½ tsp

Ground nutmeg

½ tsp

Ground cinnamon

¼ tsp, plus extra for sprinkling on final product

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Cooking spray

1 spray(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until very soft, about 1 hour. Remove potatoes from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350ºF. Let potatoes stand until cool enough to handle.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and cook, gently turning occasionally, until golden and tender, about 7 minutes; remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Cut cooled potatoes in half and scrape out pulp into a large bowl; discard skins. Add juice, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper; mash with a potato masher. Or for a smoother texture, process in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Lightly coat a 1 1/2- to 2-quart rectangular or round baking dish with cooking spray. Scrape potato mixture into baking dish; arrange sautéed apples over top in pretty pattern such as concentric circles. Bake until bubbly around edges, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and cut into 10 pieces.