Rum-Glazed Sweet Potato, Apple & Chestnut Gratin

This flavor combo is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Preparation

Recipe from Gourmet Magazine.

Ingredients:
* 3 # sweet potatoes, pricked with skewer
* 3 apples, peeled and cut into 1/8ths
* 1/4 c fresh lemon juice
* 1 c halved roasted chestnuts (Score an X into the flat side of each chestnut. Roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. Crack and remove shells. Read more about roasting chestnuts here.
* 6 T unsalted butter
* 1/2 c firmly packed light brown sugar
* 1/2 c honey
* 2 T dark rum
* 1/2 t cinnamon
* 1/4 t ground ginger
* 1/4 t ground mace

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the sweet potatoes in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until tender. Let them cool. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them diagonally into 1/4-inch slices. In a bowl toss the apples with the lemon juice and arrange them with the sweet potato slices in a buttered 14-inch gratin dish. Sprinkle with the chestnuts.

In a stainless steel or enameled saucepan, cook the remaining ingredients over moderate heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Spoon the mixture over the sweet potatoes and apples and bake the gratin in the middle of the oven, basting occasionally, for 30 minutes, or until the apples are just tender and the sweet potatoes are heated through.

The uncooked gratin can be assembled 1 day ahead and kept refrigerated, covered. Bake, uncovered, basting occasionally, for 40 minutes. Put the gratin under a preheated broiler about 4 inches from the heat until the edges are browned lightly. Serves 8.

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