If you love seasonal produce, this Spiced Roasted Pears + Sweet Potatoes is the recipe for you! Serve as a hearty side dish or rustic dessert. Either way, this one-pan dish is sure to be loved by all!
Hi, my name is Teri Stephens and I blog at Buy This Cook That. We prepare and share homemade recipes and ideas for busy food lovers like you. Our favorite recipes are southern classics with a twist, and I have a guilty confession. I adore pears and sweet potatoes. They are two of my best friends when they are in season. This recipe for Spiced Roasted Pears and Sweet Potatoes is so simple, so comforting…and just plain old GOOD.
Enjoy the Bounty of Seasonal Produce!
I love to cook, I really do. Especially with natural and local ingredients that are in season. Juicy, crisp pears and earth-sweet potatoes are something I have never put together before in one recipe. But I am so happy I did!
The combination of the two is simply amazing. You get the bite of the caramelized pear with the sweet nuttiness of the sweet potato sprinkled with a touch of warm buttery spice. The taste is familiar, but decidedly different when paired. So. Good.
BONUS: This recipe is easy!
Isn’t it great when you create or find a recipe that you love that is also easy to make?
What you need to make Spiced Roasted Pears + Sweet Potatoes:
- Pears – Pick a nice, crisp variety.
- Sweet Potato – A large one will do nicely.
- Butter – It just makes everything better.
- Cinnamon – Things are about to get good.
- Nutmeg – A pinch or two adds a warming touch.
- Salt – A little sweet, a little salty too.
- Honey – An added drizzle of sweetness.
- Pecans – A handful of crunch tops this recipe off.
How to make this hearty side dish:
First, wash and dry the pears and sweet potato. Core the pears and cut into quarters lengthwise. Then slice the sweet potato into wedges. You can peel the pears and potato if you want, but I like the added texture and nutritional value the skins give the recipe.
TIP: You want the sweet potato wedges to be smaller than the pear wedges. This way they will cook in the same amount of time.
Melt the butter and pour over the prepared pears and potatoes. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and toss to coat well. Spread on a small sheet pan and roast in the oven.
Let’s top off our Roasted Pears + Sweet Potatoes!
Before serving, drizzle with a little honey and a handful of pecans. The added sweetness with the buttery roasted pears and potatoes is heavenly. This unexpected dish is a perfect addition to your holiday table as a sweet side or a healthier dessert option.
This recipe serves four, but can easily be doubled for a crowd.
If you love this recipe, check out our recipe for Citrus + Ginger Pear Preserves.
- 2 large pears
- 1 large sweet potato
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup pecans
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Wash and dry the pears and sweet potato.
- Cut the pears into quarters, cutting out the core. Cut the sweet potatoes into smaller thickness wedges (about 1/2 inch thick). Place in a large bowl.
- Pour the melted butter over the pears and potatoes. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Toss to coat well. Transfer everything to a small baking sheet with rimmed edges and pour the excess butter over the top.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Turn the pears and potatoes and cook for another 10 - 15 minutes until everything is tender. Drizzle with half of the honey and place under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the top. Watch carefully and do not let them burn.
- Remove from oven and drizzle the remaining honey over the top. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm, spooning the butter mixture over the top.
Home Chef Tip #1: Cut the sweet potato wedges smaller than the pear quarters to ensure they cook in the same amount of time.
Home Chef Tip #2: Place a whole cinnamon stick on the pan for added cinnamon flavor and aroma.
Home Chef Tip #3: Serve with vanilla ice cream for an indulgent treat.
We hope you love this Spiced Roasted Pears + Sweet Potatoes recipe from SoFabFood Home Chef, Teri from Buy This, Cook That, as much as we do. If you love this simple recipe, stop by our Side Dish Section to find more like it. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!