Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth – Himmel und Erde

Heaven and Earth is a simple meatless meal. Heaven stands for the apples growing on trees, and Earth stands for the potatoes growing in the ground. My father always liked to eat fried blood sausage (blood pudding) with it. Never was my thing. I like it best plain with the onions or have a bratwurst or links with it.

It is easy to double the recipe, but it should always be a mixture of half potatoes and half apples for the best results.

Ingredients for the recipe:

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) of potatoes (I used Russet)
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs.) of apples
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 200-250 g (7.0-8.8 oz) of onions (cut in thin rings)
  • 2 tbsp. of oil OR pork lard
  • 1-2 tbsp. of butter (optional)
  • Bratwurst or links (optional)

Boiling of apples and potatoes for Heaven and Earth   Preparation of onions for recipe Heaven and Earth   Mixing apples and potatoes for recipe

Preparation of the recipe:

Wash and peel the potatoes and apples. Take the core out of the apples and cut both in quarters. Add water mixed with one teaspoon of salt to the potatoes and boil for about 18 minutes. Pour ½-1 cup of water to the apples and cook for about 6-10 minutes. The amount of water for the apples and cooking time depends on how juicy the apples are.

In the meanwhile, peel the onions and cut them into thin rings. Heat the oil and fry the onions until they turn golden brown. To add more taste to the onions, you can also fry them in pork lard.


Press the cooked potatoes and apples through a potato ricer or use a potato masher. Then add the butter, and mix the ingredients. Finally, top it with the fried onions and spice it up with salt.

If you want to make the potato casserole, click here, and for the German Kartoffelgemüse, click here.

Serving Heaven and Earth Meal