Natural Magick: Heaven and Earth

This was taken out of the book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Magick” by Miria Liguana and Nina Metzner. If you like this recipe, please buy the book.

This recipe, an apple and potato side dish, is based on a traditional German recipe that combines apples. which swing in the heavens and attract love, with potatoes, which grow in the earth and promote stability. It sounds like an unusual taste combination to many non-Germans, but it is a satisfying and balancing meal or side dish.

  • 8 medium or large red or Yukon gold potatoes, pelled (optional) and diced
  • 6 medium to large tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 1 tbsp butter for the baking pan
  • 2 tbsps chopped chives or green onions
  • Sour cream for garnish (optional)

Put two large saucepans or Dutch ovens filled with salted water on the stove and heat on high.

Boil potatoes in one pot and apples in the other pot, cooking both until tender, about 20 minutes for potatoes, 10 minutes for apples. Drain potatoes and toss with vvinegar. Drain apples and toss with brown sugar.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Add onions to bacon fat and cook until crispy and golden. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Preheat the over to 400F. Assemble the casserole: butter a 9×9 inch square baking pan (preferably glass or ceramic) or oval cassoulet. Add half potatoes, spread apples over potatoes, cover apples with remaining potatoes, and then arrange onions and bacon over the top. Bake for 30 minutes or until heated through. Remove and garnish with chopped chives or green onions and dollops of sour cream.

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