A healthier, rustic sweet potato gratin with pears. Simply spiced and roasted to perfection, then finished with a drizzle of warmed honey and lemon juice.

Roasted Pears with Sweet Potato in a skillet

Way back, I posted this simple roasted mashed sweet potato recipe. A sweet potato dish bare of the familiar marshmallow topping; it took inspiration from Batata Mashwaya (Egyptian roasted sweet potatoes of my childhood).

And today, in this sweet potato gratin, again I intentionally ditch the marshmallows!

Close-up of Pears and Sweet Potato Gratin ready to be served

Sweet, almost honey-like, pears marry wonderfully with earthy sweet potatoes. And as the two roast together, natural sugars are drawn out. Magic happens!

The gist of this sweet potato gratin

Pears and sweet potato slices are tossed together in extra virgin olive oil (and a little melted butter) and seasoned with rosemary, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Gratin garnished with Gorgonzola cheese ready to be served

You can arrange them in a gratin dish however you like, making sure not to crowd the dish. I like to arrange them in my cast iron skillet in circles following the shape of the skillet.

Once roasted to fork tender, I finish the sweet potato gratin with a simple drizzle of warmed honey and lemon juice, crumbled Gorgonzola, walnuts, and raisins.

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Roasted Pear and Sweet Potato Gratin | The Mediterranean Dish. A simple, rustic, and healthy sweet potato gratin (or sweet potato casserole). Perfectly seasoned then roasted to tender perfection. And the finishing touches of honey, cheese and nuts are not to be missed. See the easy recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com #mediterraneanrecipe #mediterraneandiet #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotato #holidayrecipe #thanksgiving

Pear and Sweet Potato Gratin


Description

A healthier, rustic sweet potato gratin with pears. Simply spiced and roasted to perfection, then finished with a drizzle of warmed honey and lemon juice.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch-thick-rounds
  • 1 large Bosc pear, cored and sliced into ¼-inch-thick-rounds
  • 3 tbsp Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil combined with 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg, more for later
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon, more for later
  • 3 tbsp quality honey
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 2 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • Toasted walnuts or pecans, a handful
  • Raisins, a handful

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the potato and pear slices. Add the olive oil and melted butter mixture. Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, nutmeg and cinnamon. Toss to combine
  3. Arrange the seasoned potato and pear slices in a gratin dish or large cast iron skillet.
  4. Bake in the heated oven for 45 minutes, or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove from oven.
  5. Place the honey in a small bowl and warm briefly in the microwave (about 20 seconds or so in 50% power). Stir lemon juice into warmed honey, then drizzle all over the pear and potato gratin. And if you like, sprinkle a tiny pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  6. Add Gorgonzola cheese and a handful of toasted walnuts and raisins. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Pear and Sweet Potato Gratin, Gratin, Pear, Sweet potato, Vegetarian side

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Roasted Pear and Sweet Potato Gratin | The Mediterranean Dish. A simple, rustic, and healthy sweet potato gratin (or sweet potato casserole). Perfectly seasoned then roasted to tender perfection. And the finishing touches of honey, cheese and nuts are not to be missed. See the easy recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com #mediterraneanrecipe #mediterraneandiet #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotato #holidayrecipe #thanksgiving

Roasted Pear and Sweet Potato Gratin | The Mediterranean Dish. A simple, rustic, and healthy sweet potato gratin (or sweet potato casserole). Perfectly seasoned then roasted to tender perfection. And the finishing touches of honey, cheese and nuts are not to be missed. See the easy recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com #mediterraneanrecipe #mediterraneandiet #sweetpotatocasserole #sweetpotato #holidayrecipe #thanksgiving

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    1. YES! Absolutely, Anne. This is such a simple recipe, you can certainly double everything and adjust things to your taste. Watch the backing time. Enjoy.

  1. Hello, Suzy.

    What a perfect timing! We have a sweet potato stocked in the kitchen right now. Hopefully, I am gonna make it tomorrow evening. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, Suzy.

  2. A delicious dish! When I'm cooking the Holiday turkey dinners my daughter would disown me if I didn't include a very similar dish! I haven't tried it with the pears, next time I will! The rest of the ingredients are the same.

  3. This sounds like a very interesting combination. It would be the perfect side to brunch or dinner. Perfect flavours for the upcoming holiday season.

  4. Yum! This sounds like the perfect warm and delicious fall comfort food. Who needs the marshmallows when you have these ingredients??!

  5. Oh, how I love sweet potatoes. And this recipe looks so delicious with the combination of spices and a pear!