Sweet Potato and Pear Mash

    1 hour 35 min

    This is the perfect side dish to serve with roasted meats. Pureed sweet potato and pears are mixed with evaporated milk, sugar, butter, spices and pecans, before being baked to perfection.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 8 sweet potatoes
    • 4 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
    • 250ml evaporated milk
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 60g butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg
    • 2 tablespoons orange juice
    • 110g chopped pecans

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork and bake in the preheated oven 1 hour or until tender.
    3. Peel the baked sweet potatoes. Place in a medium bowl and beat until smooth.
    4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, gently cook the pears 10 minutes or until tender. Process the pears in a food processor until smooth.
    5. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix the evaporated milk, vanilla, dark brown soft sugar and butter. Heat until scalded. Blend into the sweet potatoes.
    6. Mix the pear puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange juice and pecans into the sweet potato mixture. Transfer to a large baking dish.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

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    Thank you for posting this recipe! I couldn't locate my copy from last year. This dish is a treat! Sweet potatoes and pears make a wonderful combo and it's a nice change from the standard marshmallow topped casserole. Try it!  -  27 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Delicious! This was a piece of cake to make. I tossed the potatoes in my stand mixer to whip them, added the sauce, added the other ingredients and the cooked pears, turned on medium high and we were all set. This was very easy to make, and very good to eat! My two year old loved it, as did my in-laws. We'll definitely have this one again.  -  29 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a GREAT recipe. A little different from the standard "sweet potatoe casserole". Delicious! The pears really give this dish a wonderful flavor - I even used canned pears, and instead of OJ, I used some of the reserved liquid from the can of pears. So good! (If you must, you can even throw some marshmallows on top for those marshmallow loyalists!)  -  18 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)