Apple Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onion Cider Gravy

November 19, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Apples and apple cider add a wonderful sweetness to simple mashed potatoes. Wonderful with a pork roast or chops!inpatskitchen

Serves: 4 to 6


For the Potatoes

  • 4 1/2 cups peeled and cubed Yukon Gold or russet potatoes (one inch cubes)
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into one inch cubes
  • Water
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 5 or 6 gratings of nutmeg
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

For the Gravy

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, quartered and then thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
In This Recipe


For the Potatoes

  1. Place the cubed apple and potatoes in a 4-quart pot, cover with water and add the cup of apple cider. Bring to a boil and simmer until the potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Drain the apples and potatoes and then start mashing or ricing. Add the butter and half-and-half and keep mashing until the mixture is smooth.Stir in the nutmeg and add salt and white pepper to your taste.

For the Gravy

  1. In a large sauté pan, melt the butter and add the sliced onions, sugar, and thyme. Sauté on low heat until the onions turn golden. This might take about 20 minutes. Stir the mixture around a bit while you do this.
  2. After the onions have caramelized, fish out the thyme sprigs and stir in the flour. Continue to sauté for another 1 to 2 minutes in order to incorporate the flour.
  3. Stir in the cider, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Bring up to a simmer and simmer until thickened. Serve the gravy over the apple mashed potatoes.

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Niknud October 5, 2015
This looks delicous! Don't know how I missed it the first time around....
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inpatskitchen October 5, 2015
chez L. December 5, 2013
this is just begging to be made with that pork roast sitting in the freezer...I always make oven roasted baby yams and apple sauce on the side. But this is going to be made instead of the yams to satisfy the yam haters around here and the "i only eat mashed" 5 year old.
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inpatskitchen December 5, 2013
Oh I do hope you all enjoy! And please let me know what your 5 year old thinks!
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inpatskitchen November 20, 2013
NOTE: 3 tablespoons of butter should have been placed in the potato ingredient list. I think it disappeared!