German Mashed Apples and Potatoes

German Mashed Apples and Potatoes

This German Mashed Apples and Potatoes, known as Himmel und Erde (heaven and earth), is a popular winter meal usually eaten with sausage or pork.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Slice 1 pound onions thinly and evenly. In a large skillet on medium heat, start to brown them in 3 tablespoons of the butter.
  2. Step 2

    Cook and stir until golden brown, adding some or all of the remaining 3 tablespoons butter, as necessary, to keep the onions from sticking. Depending on how brown/caramelized you like them, this will take 20 minutes or more. Set aside.
  3. Step 3

    Peel, core, and chop 1 pound apples. Place them in a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons sugar or to taste, and cook until apples start falling apart and become chunky applesauce. Add additional water as necessary.
  4. Step 4

    After apples have been cooking for 15 minutes, peel and slice or chop 1 pound starchy potatoes.
  5. Step 5

    In a separate saucepan, cook potatoes in salted water until tender.
  6. Step 6

    Pour off water and mash with a potato masher, adding butter, freshly ground nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
  7. Step 7

    When applesauce is cooked to your liking, taste and adjust the lemon or sugar, stir applesauce into the potatoes.
  8. Step 8

    Serve with the caramelized onions on top.