Big Sister’s Potato/Apple Bake

My sister started making this delicious side dish for holiday meals a few years ago. It can be a nice change from heavy casseroles and it’s perfect for a pot luck, too. It’s delicious… sweet and creamy and best of all, not much work at all! Peel, layer, bake, scoop and savor.


  • Preparation Time: 00:25
  • Cook Time: 01:00
  • Cuisine: American
  • Servings: 8


  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 medium Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Brush a large, shallow ovenproof dish with melted butter or oil.
  • 3Peel potatoes and cut into thin disc slices.
  • 4Peel, core and quarter the apples. Cut into thin slices.
  • 5Slice the peeled onion into very fine rings.
  • 6Layer potatoes, apples and onions in the prepared dish, ending with a layer of potatoes.
  • 7Sprinkle evenly with cheese.
  • 8Pour the cream over top, covering as evenly as possible.
  • 9Sprinkle with nutmeg, black pepper and a dash of salt.
  • 10Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. 

NOTE: To prevent potatoes and apples from browning before assembling the dish, place in a bowl of cold water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Drain and pat dry before assembling.