Roasted Apples and Sweet Potatoes in Honey Bourbon Glaze
5 large sweet potatoes
3 large tart apples (I use Granny Smith)
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
*2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup honey
*6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
*¼ cup bourbon
*1 tsp. ground cinnamon
*½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp salt
2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and bake in oven for one hour at 400 degrees F. (I went with popping them in the microwave for five – six minutes) Basically, you want them about two-thirds done. However you get there is up to you.
Peel and core apples. Slice into 1/3 inch thick wedges. Toss with lemon juice in a bowl.
Peel cooked potatoes. Slice into 1/3 inch slices.
Arrange apples and potatoes alternately in a 13 x 9 pan. They’ll be very tight – Almost vertical. (This tripped me up the first time. I laid them flat and was like I have all this left over.)
Pour remaining lemon juice over potatoes and apples.
Combine brown sugar and next six ingredients in a saucepan, stirring well.
*Now here’s where I had an issue. The first time I made this, I thought the syrup was a little too sweet. I wanted a little more of the spice and honestly the butter. This year I cut back on the brown sugar to ½ a cup added an extra splash of bourbon and a few extra dashes of cinnamon and ginger and an extra pat of butter. Nobody else could tell the difference, but hell, they hadn’t had it in a year so….
Back to our regularly scheduled program…
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil 2 minutes or until slightly thick. (This happened very fast for me nowhere near two min.)
Pour glaze over potatoes and apples. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees F. for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, baste with glaze in bottom of dish. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 10to 15 minutes or until apples look roasted. (I have no idea what an apple looks like when roasted so I went with the cut with the fork blow on it and does it taste done test.) Baste before serving.
*Here’s another little tidbit. I make this the day before. Take it out after the thirty minutes. And cook the rest of the way the day of. Works fabulous. And is so so so good.