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Sweet potatoes, apples make a tasty treat

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A side dish of Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Pecans, a combination of seasonal ingredients often used in traditional holiday cooking, would be welcome on any winter dinner table.

The flavor of the sweet potatoes and apples is balanced with maple syrup and cider, and the pecans give a crunch to the texture. The calorie count is not too high.


GLAZED SWEET POTATOES, APPLES AND PECANS

(Preparation 20 minutes, cooking time 30 minutes)

Nonstick cooking spray

6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch slices

1 teaspoon salt

2 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick

4 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup apple cider

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan; add sliced sweet potatoes and salt. Boil slices for 6 to 7 minutes, or just until tender. Remove from heat; with a slotted spoon transfer sweet potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Add apple slices to sweet potatoes and stir to combine.

In a small saucepan, combine butter, nutmeg, maple syrup and apple cider over medium heat. Stir and bring just to a boil, then remove from heat. Pour over sweet potato mixture; scatter pecans over the top.

Bake in 400 F oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until glaze thickens, sweet potatoes and apples are tender and pecans turn light brown. Makes 12 servings.

Nutrition information per serving: 186 cal., 1 g pro., 30 g carbo., 7 g fat, 3 g fiber, 10 mg chol., 224 mg sodium. Recipe from Georgia Pecan Commission.