Roasted Pear & Sweet Potato Mash



Did you know that when you buy a “yam” it is actually a sweet potato? A jewel sweet potato to be precise. It is very uncommon to find a true yam at your local grocery store. They are native to Africa (among other regions) and have a white, purple or reddish flesh. The USDA started calling the orange sweet potatoes “yams” to avoid confusion with the lighter fleshed variety.

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This recipe is perfect for those with a bit of a sweet tooth. I love the flavour of the roasted pears and apples mixed with the sweet potato. It’s a great, fiber packed alternative to your regular mashed potato side dish. Make sure to keep those peels on to maximize the fiber content.

One key “blogger lesson” I learned from this recipe is that it is very hard to make a mash of things look appetizing, but I did my best! This side dish would be great served along side some BBQ’d chicken and a large green salad. It’s also a great thanksgiving side dish.


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Roasted Pear & Sweet Potato Mash

serves 4


  • 1 Large jewel sweet potato (yam), about 6 cups chopped, skin on
  • 1 Bartlett pear, chopped, skin on
  • 1 Granny smith apple, chopped, skin on
  • Heaping 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  •  1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • A few shakes of salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425° F and grease a large baking sheet
  • Toss all ingredients together
  • Roast on prepared pan for about 40 min, flipping half way through
  • Lightly mash mixture together, leaving some pieces un-mashed, to combine flavors
  • Season with additional salt and pepper to taste

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