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Potatoes with Apples

Potatoes with Apples

I approached this recipe with some trepidation. Would mashed potatoes and mashed apples really taste good together? The answer, of course, was that everything tastes good when it has bacon in it. You can, of course, make this recipe without bacon, I'm sure the East Germans had to in many occasions, but I wouldn't bother. With its saltiness and sweetness bacon is the perfect bridge between the potatoes and the apples. The caramelized onions are great too.

I forgot to use the sugar when cooking the apples, so mine were less sweet that they were supposed to be. I thought they were perfect in the mixture with the potatoes, however.

Potatoes with Apples


  • salt
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled
  • 3 green apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Sugar (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 strips bacon


Put a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. When boiling add the potatoes and cook until soft. Drain and mash.

Meanwhile, place apples and sugar in a medium pot and cook over medium-low heat until very soft. Mash and mix into the mashed potatoes.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden.

Meanwhile, cook bacon. Tear into small pieces. Mix into mashed potato-apple sauce. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary.

Serve the mash on top of the onions.

Adapted from Francine McKenna-Klein's recipe at BellaOnline

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