Photo: Miki Duisterhof; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Prep Time
50 Mins
Bake Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves 8

Instead of mashed sweet potatoes, this casserole features tender slices of sweet potatoes layered with Bosc pear slices which are topped with marshmallow and toasted pecans.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large pot, cover sweet potatoes with cold water. Add 1 Tbsp. salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until a knife can pierce sweet potatoes easily, 30 to 35 minutes. Drain potatoes, run under cold water to cool, then peel. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. In a large bowl, toss pears with lemon juice.

Step 2

Spread pecans on a baking sheet; bake until toasted and fragrant, shaking sheet once, about 7 minutes. Transfer pecans to a bowl; let cool.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Layer half of sweet potato slices, overlapping, then top with half of pears, half of pecans and a pinch of salt. Drizzle half of butter on top. Repeat layers.

Step 4

Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until sweet potatoes and pears are tender, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Step 5

Preheat broiler. Sprinkle marshmallows over top of casserole and broil until marshmallows are lightly browned, about 1 minute.

Ratings & Reviews

ErinPaolo's Review

February 07, 2015

Rohanchinnu's Review

April 01, 2013
good .will try once

Medipepper's Review

December 14, 2012
My daughter and I mashed the potatoes and it was a hit.

BMEquestrian's Review

November 22, 2012

JodyAZ's Review

January 07, 2012
I was originally drawn to this recipe because of the pear/sweet potato combo. But, this casserole was really watery and the leftovers had layers of solid butter in it. It tasted ok. I think the pear/sweet potato combo does have potential! The November 2006 Cooking Light sweet potato casserole is still, by far, my favorite.

Mistylyn's Review

November 10, 2011

lovetocookitup's Review

December 04, 2010
Made this for Thanksgiving. This was delicious. The only difference was I used Anjou pears because the grocery I went to didn't have the kind asked for in this recipe. It was so delicious, everyone loved it, even my mom who doesn't like pecans. I myself enjoyed it thoroughly. It just takes a while to bake but if you plan for that, it's all good.