"This busy diva does not have time for a complicated side dish -- so out of my kitchen came these mashed sweet potatoes and pears. I may never make sweet potatoes any other way ever again." — Chardonnay Queen
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pears, peeled and sliced
dry white wine
sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
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.
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.
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.)
Flavor wise, it needed salt desperately, but with some salt, it was delicious. Texture wise, mine came out soupy. I have never cooked with sweet potatoes before and am wondering if maybe the potatoes I used were smaller than normal, casuing the soupiness?
I hate the taste of wine in anything. I substituted apple juice for the wine and it was beyond wonderful. A wonderful Thanksgiving addition. It was gone in seconds.
I have not tried this yet, but it sounds very interesting. Been cooking long enough to know what goes well together, and always looking for something new. I will try this soon and get back to you.
Superb w/ minor tweaks. As others mentioned:
1. used 1/4 cup milk at the most (cow's milk works just fine if you don't have evaporated milk on hand).
2. add at least 1/2 tsp salt
3. used slightly less nutmeg, unless you're a big fan. with 1/2 tsp the nutmeg comes through with a strong flavor.
4. For the pears, just used water.
Thanks for a great recipe!
As saltless recipes go, this was surprisingly good without salt, though we added a small touch of salt after tasting it as is. CHANGES FOR NEXT TIME: use only 1/2 C milk at first (whatever kind is on the rotation for the day: cow's, soy, milk or etc), & optionally use vegan butter if butter is needed at all. Cook pears down to a caramelized mixture next time like another reviewer did - just to see if that adds much oomph. If that doesn't impact the flavor much, them just add the pears to the same pan as the sweet T's after a few minutes of cooking. Hmmm, thinking of caramlized pears makes me think of caramlized onions. That might go well mixed in here too. Either that, or serve with onions sauteed with oil, honey, cinnamon and topped with a touch of walnuts. /// OH, I DID SOMETHING I WOULDN'T DO AGAIN..., I used a hand blender to smooth out the texture in part because I figured that if I whipped all of the sweet potato bits into smaller bits, it would interact with the moisture and be a bit less soupy. That worked well both at smoothing out the texture and thickening the mixture. Everyone liked this anyway, but I'll skip the blender wand next time because it was a touch too smooth. OR if I decide to use the blender wand, will only apply it to a small portion of the pan's contents.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Pears
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 65
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