Himmel und Erde (Mashed Potatoes and Apples with Sausages)
An interesting combo of creamy potatoes and tart apples, served with sausages and fried onions. Traditionally, pan-fried blutwurst (blood sausage) is used, but goes well with other types too. In northern parts of Germany, it's often made with pears instead of apples! Serves 2 hungry people or 3 smaller portions.
Background: The name translates to "heaven and earth", also called 'Himmel on Ahd' in some regions. I read somewhere that it's called so because the potatoes come from the earth and the apple comes from the heavens/sky (since it hangs from a tree??)
- Potatoes (450-500 g | 1 lb)
- Hot milk (1 cup)
- Butter (about 1 tablespoon)
- Apples (2 large | 450-500g | 1 lb)
- Lemon, juiced (1/2)
- Sugar (2-4 teaspoons)
- Onions (2 medium)
- Oil or butter for frying onions (as needed)
- Salt & pepper
- Parsley, chopped (as garnish)
- Sausages or Blutwurst (blood sausage) (2-4 sausages or thick slices of blutwurst)
Cook potatoes in salted water until soft. Mash and mix in the hot milk and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
Cut apple into slices and cook with a few tablespoons of water, the lemon juice and 2-4 teaspoons sugar.
When the apples are very soft, mash it into a chunky apple sauce.
Mix the mashed potatoes and apples together. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside and keep warm.
Cut the onions into thin slices or rings. Heat oil or butter in a frying pan and fry onions until golden brown.
Remove onions and brown the sausage, adding more oil if needed. Return the onions to the frying pan to reheat, and season with salt & pepper.
Serve sausages with the potatoes and apples on a plate. Top with the fried onions and garnish with parsley. Goes well with salad or slaw.
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