Today has been overcast and windy. The temperature has hovered around 60 degrees but the wind and overcast skies definitely makes it feel colder. With around 320 days of sunshine here in New Mexico, cloudy days are a rarity. Days like this always make me yearn for comfort food. So tonight we are having potato pancakes, sausages and apple sauce.
I spent most of the day running errands and preparing for a 3 pm meeting here at the inn. As soon as the meeting ended I began the preparation of the applesauce Apple sauce is one of those dishes that it seems to take more effort to buy than to make. I know that’s not really true but I can’t see buying it when I can make it fresh inside one hour. I peeled and cored the apples, sliced them and added them to a pot with water, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. The pot went over a medium flame and one hour later – applesauce. Well at least cooked apples. I got out my stick blender and blended the cooked apples into a slightly chunky sauce – another great thing about making your own – you get to pick the consistency. As I write this the applesauce is cooling on the counter top and the yummy smells of cinnamon and cloves fill the air.
In an hour or so I will prepare the potato pancakes. It’s a pretty simple recipe; potatoes, egg, a bit of flour, salt and pepper. That’s it. I fry my pancakes in a very small amount of oil – because what are potato pancakes without oil. My grandmother used a lot of oil when frying hers. Perhaps that is why I have such fond memories! I’ll serve mine with sour cream and chives, applesauce and pork sausage. A great meal for a gray and blustery day.
Home Made Applesauce – 2 – 4 servings
- 3/4 lb apples – Any kind except Red or Yellow Delicious
- 1/4 cup of sugar ( more if apples are tart – you decide how tart/sweet you want your sauce to be)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- enough water to barely cover the apples
Peel, core and dice the apples. Place in a saucepan with enough water to just barely cover, the cinnamon and the cloves. Cook over medium flame, stirring frequently, until apples are soft and most of the water is evaporated. Remove from the heat. Use a stick blender, food mill, food processor or even a blender to turn the soft apple pieces into a sauce. Pour into a serving bowl and let cool.
That’s it – you’re done. And if you have apples, cinnamon, sugar and cloves in the house probably faster than going to the store to buy it.
And to Sean and Sam who always ask for this meal when they come to visit – we’ll think of you tonight as we enjoy our dinner!