Candied Potato and Pears (mashed, topped with marshmallows)

Prep time: 15m

Cook time: 1h 15m

Yield: serves 6

Last Updated on December 10, 2023

This is a great substitute for sweet potatoes or candied yams - perfect for a comforting fall dish on a cool day. This can be made and altered to fit many diet restrictions.


  • 2-3 brown, peeled potatoes, Russet
  • 1 peeled pear, Bartlett
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup white marshmallows


  • Peel potatoes and peel and core pears, chop and add to baking dish.
  • Coat potatoes in oil or melted butter.
  • Roast in oven 375°F for about 1 hour - 1hr 15minutes. Cover with foil for faster cooking times. Boiling is another option (see notes below). Potatoes should fall apart very easily.
  • Place potatoes and pears in a mixing bowl, blend in butter, milk, and brown sugar until fluffy. Adjust ingredients if needed.
  • Spoon into baking dish
  • Cover top with marshmallows
  • Bake in 400°F oven for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it and don't let the marshmallows burn!

Additional Notes

  • This is naturally gluten and nut-free meal. Double-check marshmallow ingredients though.
  • If you need dairy-free: use oil instead of butter for basting pears and potatoes prior roasting. Use oat, rice, or soy milk for blending. Leave out butter or use dairy-free spread/margarine.
  • If you want a vegan option: follow dariy-free option and omit marshmallows. Dandies makes a vegan marshmallow (contains vanilla).
  • Marshmallows are considered low-salicylate by and RPAH, but they do often contain flavors and additives that you may react to. Consider testing before making an entire dish with them.
  • You can boil the potatoes for a smoother consistency, add the pears at the last minute or so otherwise they will get mushy. You may need less milk to make them fluffy.
  • Covering the pears and potatoes during roasting with foil can help speed up the baking process by creating a little steam on the inside.
  • Pears and potatoes brown (oxidize) quickly, so you should try to do this dish quickly. If you need to chop the pears and potatoes beforehand, treat them with some ascorbic or citric acid.

Diet Type(s)

Negligible or Low Salicylate