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.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1pound yellow onions, about 2 large
- 4to 6 tablespoons butter
- 1pound apples (about 4, Boskop or Elstar)
- 1tablespoon lemon juice
- 2teaspoons sugar (or to taste)
- 1pound starchy potatoes (such as Russet, about 4 to 5 medium)
- 3tablespoons butter (or to taste)
- Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
- Dash salt (or to taste)
- Dash pepper (or to taste)
Step 1Slice 1 pound onions thinly and evenly. In a large skillet on medium heat, start to brown them in 3 tablespoons of the butter.
Step 2Cook 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.
Step 3Peel, 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.
Step 4After apples have been cooking for 15 minutes, peel and slice or chop 1 pound starchy potatoes.
Step 5In a separate saucepan, cook potatoes in salted water until tender.
Step 6Pour off water and mash with a potato masher, adding butter, freshly ground nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
Step 7When applesauce is cooked to your liking, taste and adjust the lemon or sugar, stir applesauce into the potatoes.
Step 8Serve with the caramelized onions on top.