Dinner

By Matt Essert | September 9, 2011

Photo: Matt Essert

I thought I pulled this recipe out of thin air, but then my mother revealed to me that she used to feed this to me as a baby. I don’t really remember eating this as a baby. In fact, I don’t really remember a lot of things that happened to me as a baby since, in my defense, I was a baby. But perhaps, this recipe was hidden somewhere in the back of my mind waiting to be pulled out and enjoyed. I think that’s probably what happened.

Either way, this is a great recipe that’s very simple and very delicious. It’s a great side dish for a fall roast and has a lot of simple, clean flavor. You’ll want to have more potato than apple, but since the potatoes will probably be bigger than the apples, you can probably use an equal number of each. If you wanted, you could boil the potatoes instead of roasting them, but I think cooking them in the oven imparts a great flavor. Pair this side dish with any fall recipe or as an interesting side to bring to your last summer BBQ instead of that tired, old potato salad.

Potato and Apple Mash Recipe

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized baking potatoes, scrubbed clean, cut into quarters
  • 4 apples, cut in halves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. On a pan, arrange potatoes and apples, flat side down. Drizzle with a healthy amount of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

3. Insert pan into oven and bake. Keep in mind that the apples will not take nearly as long as the potatoes.

4. Check the apples after about 15 minutes they should be mushy and falling out of their skin. Once they are sufficiently cooked, removed pan from oven and remove apples. Set aside in a foil-covered bowl. Place pan with potatoes back in the oven.

5. The potatoes will probably take another 30 to 45 minutes. They are ready will easily pierced with a thin-bladed knife.

6. Once done, remove potatoes from oven. If desired, remove skins from potatoes and/or apples.

7. In a pot over low heat, combine potatoes and apples and mash-up with a potato masher or forks. Add butter and salt and pepper and heat to desired temperature. Continue mashing until you've reached the desired consistency.

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