Sweet Potato and Apple Gratin
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch thickness
2 Sonya or other sweet, firm apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup chicken broth
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon white pepper
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¾ cup Panko crumbs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a single layer of sweet potatoes in a large baking dish, overlapping the slices. Add a layer of sliced apple, and top with the remaining sweet potatoes.
In a small bowl, stir together the heavy cream, chicken broth, salt, nutmeg, and white pepper. Pour the mixture over the potatoes and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover the casserole tightly with foil and bake 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with Panko crumbs, and bake 15 minutes more, or until the sweet potatoes are tender when pierced with a sharp knife. Serve immediately.
Yield: 8 servings