Layers of deep-orange sweet potatoes, golden butternut squash, crunchy pecans and tender, crisp apples come alive with the flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg for the perfect side that's sure to become a new holiday tradition.

Layers of deep-orange sweet potatoes, golden butternut squash, crunchy pecans and tender, crisp apples come alive with the flavors of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg for the perfect side that's sure to become a new holiday tradition.

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes

Ingredients:

2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cubed

2/3 cup light brown sugar, divided

3 large eggs, beaten

6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped pecans

2 golden delicious apples, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook sweet potatoes in water in a large saucepan until tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Meanwhile, cook squash in another saucepan until tender, about 10 minutes; drain.

2. Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar, eggs, 2 tablespoons butter, vanilla, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Reserve 1/4 cup mixture for squash.

3. In food processor, blend sweet potatoes with remaining egg mixture until smooth. Spread in greased 13x9-inch baking dish, or 3-quart casserole. Top with pecans.

4. In food processor, blend squash with reserved 1/4 cup egg mixture. Spread over pecan layer. Arrange apple slices on top of squash layer. Combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples. Drizzle 4 tablespoons melted butter over top. Bake 45-50 minutes, or until set in the center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes about 12 (2/3-cup) servings

Recipe and photo courtesy of McCormick®