Himmel und erde (Heaven and Earth)
2 pounds well-seasoned, mashed potatoes (see note)
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled
and cut into 1/2-inch dice
Makes 6-8 servings
Place hot mashed potatoes into a large bowl, then cover and set aside. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then blanch the diced apple. Cook them just to al dente. The apples should not be mushy.
Mix the drained, hot apple pieces into the mashed potatoes.
Serve immediately as a side dish with pork chops and caramelized onions.
(Traditionally, this dish is served with German blood sausage.)
Note: Be sure to use mashed potatoes with flavors that pair well with apples. A good example is Yukon Gold potatoes seasoned with cream or milk, butter, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg. Avoid seasonings such as garlic or chives.