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September 23, 2022

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More yummy casseroles and we're serving a Golden Delicious layered SWEET POTATO & APPLE BAKE for you today. If you are lucky enough to be within traveling distance from an orchard....the fresher the better I always say. I'm just waiting for the weather to get myself pickin this month or early next. The Galas are a personal favorite of mine for their versatility and all that vitamin C keeps the doc away. I betcha the kids'll love this too now that they are on table food and loving the taste-test of new things.


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1 large (1/4 lb) sweet potato
3 medium Golden Delicious apples
1 teaspoons lemon juice
1 large leek
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 cups apple juice
2 tablespoons unseasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Peel and thinly slice sweet potato. Peel, core, and cut apples into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place apples in bowl and add water to cover; add lemon Juice. Trim off top of leek 1 inch above white; discard top and root end. Cut leek lengthwise in half and clean well under running cold water. Thlnly slice leek crosswise. Drain apples well; pat dry. Grease 1
1/2-quart casserole with 1 table- spoon butter. Place one third of apples in bottom of casserole; top with one third of leek slices and one third of sweet potato. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat to make 2 more layers. Dot top of casserole with 2 tablespoons butter; pour apple juice over all. Cover tightly with lid or aluminum foil and bake 45 minutes. Meanwhile, to make topping, in small saucepan, melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter; stir in bread crumbs and brown sugar until well combined. Uncover casserole and sprinkle with topping. Bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes longer or until potato slices are tender. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 Servings
Categories: casseroles, vegetables

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