This comforting German dish is perfect for a cold winter night in Maine

This comforting German dish is perfect for a cold winter night in Maine

Incredibly easy to make, this comforting traditional German dish is perfect for winter dining. My friend Nancy Crooker from Belfast told me about this, and with leftovers of Thanksgiving mashed potatoes still on hand and a jar of my own homemade chunky apple puree, plus temperatures dropping like a rock outdoors, it was pretty obvious that now was the time , I should try it out.

Lots of Heaven – Heaven – and Earth – Earth – recipes require equal parts apple and potatoes. The apples represent the sky because they grow on sky-directed trees and potatoes come from the ground. When Nancy manages it, she doubles the plot by adding mashed turnips, a kind of Himmel und Erde und Erde. But I did not have turnips.

Caramelized onions usually adorn the top of the combination, making a great accompaniment to sausage like bratwurst and, for many Germans, blood sausage. Go ahead and make it a main course if you will. Vegetarians can take it well, and vegans can too if you use vegetable oil to brown the onions.

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