The first time I had this dish was when my mom made it for us while she was staying with us after Sam was born. He was born right before a big (for where we live) snow storm. There we were, the four of us, all hunkered down in awe of this new baby. My mom cooked for us all week long. The only thing Jamey and I had to concern ourselves with was learning to take care of the little bundle we named Sam. I remember this dish tasting so good to me. Talk about comfort food, folks. I used to make it a lot. Now I only make it when I buy local sausage which isn't very often. It is soooo perfect for this time of year. And in terms of ingredients, it's simple, simple, simple.
Also, I would like to say that our kids love it. What's not to love? Well, okay, Sam doesn't like the sausage, but that's fine by me. It's really the apples and sweet potatoes I want him to eat. I think that one of the reasons they (and okay, me too) like it so much is that it's such a naturally sweet dish. I'm going to stop talking about it now and let you decide if it's going to be on your menu this week.
Apple, Sweet Potato & Sausage Bake (adapted from my mom's recipe)
1 pound sage turkey sausage (the sage is nice, but any sausage works well)
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
4 medium sized apples, peeled and sliced (we leave the peels on)
2 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup water
Brown the sausage. While it's browning, prepare the sweet potato slices and lay them out evenly in the bottom of a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Lay the apple slices on top of the sweet potatoes. When the sausage is browned, distribute it evenly over the apples. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, salt and water. Pour over everything in the pan, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour (at 350 degrees) or until the sweet potatoes are soft. If left to sit 10 or so minutes before serving, the sauce will thicken-up a bit.
One more thing I forgot to tell you. This makes your house smell amazing.