Himmel und Erde (German mashed potatoes)


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Himmel und Erde (German mashed potatoes)

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Ingredients (8)

  • 2 lb potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tbs caraway seeds
  • 1 1/2 lb apple (your favourite crisp, crunchy apple) 1/2 inch cubes as well
  • 1 tbs sugar (I use honey)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • Bacon, cut into 1cm bits. Fried and reserved
  • 1/4 cup of milk, scalded (boiled until frothy, WATCH the pot! It happens fast)
  • Pepper / Salt


A beautiful accompaniment for a summer BBQ.

A recipe from my blog:

There’s a fabulous dish my grandmother used to prepare. In fact there are hundreds, I’m sure. Through research I’ve uncovered the direct German name: “Himmel und Erde” (Heaven and Earth). It’s basically mashed potatoes with apples. Everyone can try it


  1. 1Place the potatoes into cold, salted water with caraway seeds. Bring to a boil.
  1. 1When the potatoes start boiling, set a timer for 10 minutes.
  2. 2Add the apples when the 10 minute mark hits.
  3. 3Fry bacon, heat up milk. Add the butter to the milk to melt.
  4. 4When you insert a knife into the potato and it falls off back into the water by itself, it’s done.
  5. 5Strain and allow the potatoes and apples to dry a bit. Return to waterless pot and let dry for 2 minutes.
  6. 6Add the hot milk/butter, sugar and bacon bits.
    Mash and season with salt and pepper.
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