November 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm EST | by WBadmin
Sweet Potato Mash with Caramelized Pears

From Connor Ireland of the Reef.

Two pears, not very ripe. I use green ones.

3 tsp vegetable oil.

Two large sweet potatoes

1/2 cup heavy cream

¼ pound butter

1 tbs. salt

¼ cup real maple syrup.

Cover the sweet potatoes with cold water in a high-walled pot, and bring them up to a boil and let them go for 15 minutes. Slice the pears thinly with the skins on.

In a skillet or frying pan, get the vegetable oil very hot, until it just starts to smoke. Carefully lay the slices of pear in and sear one side of each. It’s OK if they burn a little bit. Set them aside.

Put the cream and butter into a small pot and get them warm enough to melt the butter. Once the sweet potatoes are very soft, discard the cooking water and combine them in a large bowl with the caramelized pears and salt. Use a whisk to beat them smooth, adding the cream and butter slowly. Finish them with enough real maple syrup to be just noticeable.

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