One of my favorite vegetables is a simple baked sweet potato. They have so much flavor and nutritional value. Sweet potatoes are a rich source of fiber as well as containing an array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, and they’re a good source of most of our B vitamins and vitamin C. Another favorite food is apples, crisp and sweet. Some years ago I read a recipe for a sweet potato apple cranberry bake for November and the holidays, and I had to try the combination. What could be better than sweet potatoes and apples? I guess the addition of tart fresh cranberries to mingle with the natural sweetness of apples and sweet potatoes.
There are many recipes availabe for this dish. I did not follow those recipes that call for a lot of sugar. I’ve eaten this dish without sweetener but usually just added a little maple syrup or agave nectar to my olive oil and cinnamon. Toss to cover the fresh ingredients and bake in a covered dish. Let me tell you I ate one meal, and I was hooked. Even though this is the perfect fall holiday dish, I eat it often throughout the year with frozen cranberries. I’ve even used frozen sweet potato cubes and that worked. I would never use anything but a fresh apple for best flavor and nutrition. I try to eat a lot of color and this dish is a perfect example. If you can’t get frozen cranberries in your area, buy fresh cranberries now and freeze for year round cranberry flavor in your dish.
It’s simple to make, has great nutritional value, and wins over lots of folks with vegetable phobias. It tastes like dessert to me. Hmm!
Sweet Potato Apple Cranberry Bake
- 1 large sweet potato peeled and sliced/cubed
- 1 large apple cubed
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp butter or margarine
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
- Oil or butter baking dish
- Place sweet potatoes, apple, and cranberries in a bowl
- Add olive oil, cinnamon, and maple syrup and mix well
- Spoon into buttered baking dish
- Top with 2 slices of butter or margarine
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for one hour
- Remove and serve warm
Enjoy this flavor-packed side dish in the next few month, and it will become a favorite.
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