Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sausage-Apple-Sweet Potato Bake

We had tornado warnings here last evening. One of those crazy spring thunderstorms blew through, with howling winds, rain, and hail. Fred was out grading the driveway, and I was watching from the kitchen while making dinner. I had just turned away from the kitchen window for a minute, and when I looked back, a huge tree had fallen across the driveway, right where Fred had been a moment before! Whew! That was a close call! Glad everything turned out okay.

Here's what we had for dinner - it's a good down-home recipe that I've been making for years. It goes together really quickly, then bakes in the oven for about an hour. It's a simple dish, but really tasty.

Sausage-Apple-Sweet Potato Bake

1 pound bulk sausage
2 medium raw sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 medium apples, peeled and sliced

2 T. sugar
1 T. flour
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt (optional)
½ c. water

1. Brown the sausage in a skillet, breaking up large pieces. Drain off any fat.

2. Combine the sausage with sliced sweet potatoes and apples. Arrange in a 2-quart casserole dish.

3. Whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and water. Pour over the sausage mixture in the casserole dish.

4. Cover and bake at 375ยบ for one hour, or until potatoes and apples are tender.

Recipe Notes:
- I sometimes only use 1/2 pound of sausage, and it still tastes great.
- This time, I sliced the sweet potatoes and apples with a food processor, and they turned out pretty thin, which makes them cook more quickly. I usually slice them by hand into thicker slices. Either way works just fine. Just check the casserole after an hour of cooking - it may need a little longer in the oven.

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