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Autumn brings cooking: Sweet Home Fries

I must admit that over the summer my kitchen seems to repel me out every time I even think of going to create a nice family meal.  The Florida summer heat does not leave me craving time over the stove, much less, frequent hot meals.  However, fall has subtly crept in, as it does here, and I am living in the kitchen.  New vegetables are in season, which has me working like a mad scientist in the kitchen/ lab creating new inventions.

My newest concoction is Sweet Home Fries

For this you will need:

1/2 a chopped onion

2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and chopped

1 medium red potato peeled and chopped

1 pear peeled and chopped

1 apple peeled and chopped

salt and pepper to taste

How to put it together:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Begin by caramelizing the onions in olive oil.  Once browned place the onions in a 9×9 casserole dish.  Next brown the sweet potatoes in the skillet for a few minutes before adding the red potatoes.  Once all the potatoes are nice and browned add them to the onions in the casserole dish.  Finally saute the chopped pear and apple for a few minutes, and add to the casserole dish.  Stir them up together, add salt and pepper or your seasoning of choice, and put in the oven for about 15 minutes or until they’re your desired tenderness.

The benefit of sauteing the ingredients separately before baking them is to even their cooking time once they enter the oven.  This prevents having hard sweet potatoes with mushy pears.

This recipe was an enormous hit with my family.  We enjoyed it as a side to a vegetable omelet.  I apologize for not being able to post a picture, but it was gobbled up before I even had a chance to pull out the camera.


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