Pears and Sweet Potato Mash

    50 min

    This is a super-sweet and buttery mash, to be served as a side dish. Pears are mashed with sweet potatoes, evaporated milk, vanilla, brown sugar, butter and spices. Alternatively, it's also good as a snack or dessert!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 pears, peeled and sliced
    • 125ml dry white wine
    • 4 tablespoons water
    • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 250ml evaporated milk
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 30g butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Place the pears, wine and water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer until pears are soft, about 5-10 minutes. Remove pears from wine and reserve.
    2. Place the sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to potatoes to steam dry for a minute or two.
    3. Stir the reserved pears, evaporated milk, vanilla, dark brown soft sugar, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg into the sweet potatoes and mash until smooth. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot.

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    I had some pears I needed to use, so I decided to try this recipe. It was good, but did need more flavor. I used less milk, as the full amount would have made the final result runny. I think a little more butter, some salt, and extra spices would help this. The directions don't state what size sweet potatoes or pears to use, and different pears have different flavors and textures. I imagine this could affect the outcome as well.  -  14 Nov 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Very, very tasty and I didn't even have white wine...just used water. It almost had a caramel type taste from the pears. I only used 1/8 c. sugar and 1 tbsp. butter in an attempt to keep the calories down. It really didn't need any more. My only complaint is that it was too watery despite the fact that I drained the pears and let the sweet potato dry out a little in the pot. I only added about 1/3 c. of the evaporated milk. My pears were quite ripe...maybe that's why? Ended up putting it in the oven for a while to try to dry it out a bit.  -  11 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    AMAZING! I was very skeptical of this recipe, but had both sweet potatoes and pears that I needed to use and wanted a relatively healthy recipe....WOW! I will add this to my regular routine! I have to admit that I do not measure out ingredients when cooking, so I cannot guarantee exact results every time. I also omitted nutmeg because I do not like it, but trust me, this was delicious! (My husband who does not like my adventurous recipes was even surprised at how well it tasted.)  -  16 Nov 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)