By Eddie Matney
People always assume cinnamon is used strictly for dessert and the holiday season. NO! It’s a huge misconception! There are plenty of other great-tasting dishes that use cinnamon, like cinnamon chicken soup and cinnamon chicken gravy. For dessert, we use it for our apple cider, ice cream, and cobblers.
Cinnamon is something you can use year round -- so do it! Check out this recipe:
Sweet Potato Apple Tower
Ingredients: For Tower Apples: 6 apples 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 tsp. cinnamon Pinch allspice
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For Sweet Potato Mash: 2 large sweet potatoes, boiled 2 Tbsp. butter 1 ripe pear, medium chopped 1 Tbsp. honey 1 tsp. heavy cream Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions: Core apples and slice into 3 parts: top third, center third and bottom third. Combine sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Season apples with the mixture and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside.
Combine sweet potato mash ingredients and mash until smooth. Layer a little of the potato mixture in between apple slices, making a tower. Cook for 20 minutes at 350 degrees and serve with rack of pork and apple cider jus.
Chef Eddie Matney is the owner of Eddie's House in Scottsdale.