Algie Petrere's Spiced Sweet Potatoes

1/4 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons dark molasses
1 tablespoon dark rum
1 teaspoon fresh minced chile pepper
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch squares
2 tart apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch squares
1/2 tsp. salt

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine first 6 ingredients.  Set aside.
2.  Melt butter in large cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  Add sweet potatoes, tossing to brown.  Add apples and toss; remove from heat.  Drizzle cider mixture over yams and apples; toss.  Sprinkle with salt.
3.  Bake until tender, about 15 minutes.  Toss every 5 minutes, adding more cider if necessary to avoid sticking.

Serves 8

A nice change from the usual sweet potatoes.